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Beijing Hutongs

Beijing's hutongs are a glimpse - fast disappearing - of what the city used to look like before the skyscrapers started munching the skyline. A hutong is a narrow alleyway formed by joining together courtyard residences. When you hear people speak of 'the hutongs', they will often be referring to the neighborhoods formed by these alleys.

Development has destroyed many of these traditional neighborhoods, but some have been preserved, most notably those around the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. These hutongs, close to the Forbidden City, are the spacious and orderly kind that would have belonged to aristocrats and top-ranking officials.

Beijing's poorer hutongs are far more haphazard and cramped, but are still an important part of the city's history. Each hutong has its own name - sometimes many layers of names - and its own set of stories.

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Most of the oldest and most beautiful hutongs, those visited on the majority of tours, are clustered around the Forbidden City. This is because the hierarchy of the Imperial Court was concentrically arranged, with the most important officials living close to its gates and the residences of the less important officials radiating outwards from it. 

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Private Beijing Bike Tour at Night, Beijing, null
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Private Beijing Bike Tour at Night

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See the beautiful city of Beijing light up at night on this private bike tour of the Chinese capital. Your expert guide will lead you through the winding ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Private Cultural Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Dumpling Making in Beijing, Beijing, Bike & ... 
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Private Cultural Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Dumpling Making in Beijing

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Experience the authentic lifestyle of a Beijing local on this private tour. Interact closely with locals and ride a rickshaw through Old Beijing’s 'hutong' ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

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Take a historical tour of Beijing’s narrow streets, known as hutongs, on a traditional rickshaw (a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers in addition ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.99
3-Hour Beijing Hutong Bike Tour, Beijing, Historical & Heritage Tours
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3-Hour Beijing Hutong Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

The hutongs means the ancient alleys or lanes typical in Beijing. As the city develops, its traditional hutongs are disappearing quickly. Hutongs wind ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour, Beijing, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

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Watch as Beijing’s winding ‘hutongs’ (alleys), glimmering waterways and recreational parks come alive at night on this 3-hour walking tour. Follow your ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour, Beijing, Walking Tours
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Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

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An authentic culinary tour through Lishi hutong, one of the lesser tourist visited hutongs. Visit Lishi Hutong area where you will be immersed into the real ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Beijing Private Day tour of Temple of Heaven with TaiChi Lesson and Hutong Experience By Rickshaw ... 
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Beijing Private Day tour of Temple of Heaven with TaiChi Lesson and Hutong Experience By Rickshaw Plus Hutong Family Lunch

Visit the UNESCO Listed Temple of Heaven, Watch local people at leisure in the adjacent park, learn TaiChi, tour Beijings Hutongs by rickshaw, and learn how ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.75
Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of ... 
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Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

This amazing classic city tour of Beijing that includes both visiting the most popular attractions and also some small historic alleys. You will start your day ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Full Day Cultural Tour in Beijing: Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Hutong Experience, ... 
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Full Day Cultural Tour in Beijing: Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Hutong Experience

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Learn traditional Taichi lesson in the morning, take a rickshaw riding through the old hutong alleys, walk in the locals home for a visit and learning the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Private Beijing Hutong Cooking Lesson Tour, Beijing, Cultural Tours
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Private Beijing Hutong Cooking Lesson Tour

Falling in love with Beijing through its food during a cooking class in a Hutong house! Learn from a local who has lived in Hutong for a long time and learn ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.75

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