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Beijing Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi Lesson and Hutong Tour

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Experience Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, old ‘hutongs’ and love of Tai Chi on this full-day private tour. Tour the imperial Temple of Heaven complex, and enjoy an outdoor Tai Chi class followed by a rickshaw ride through the alleyways of a traditional ‘hutong’ neighborhood. Visit a family home for a dumpling-making session and lunch before learning about hutong life at a hutong museum. Includes private transport, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • 8-hour private Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi, and ‘hutong’ neighborhood tour in Beijing
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven, a complex of Ming- and Qing-era temples
  • See Beijing’s locals engaging in singing, dancing, and Tai Chi in the surrounding park
  • Take part in a Tai Chi lesson led by a Tai Chi master
  • Ride a rickshaw through a traditional ‘hutong’ and step back in time at the Shijia Hutong Museum
  • Visit a family home to make and eat home-made dumplings for lunch
  • Family-friendly tour with private guide and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
Depart your central Beijing hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the Temple of Heaven.

Originally built in the 15th century, this UNESCO-listed complex was used by China’s Ming and Qing emperors to pray for fruitful harvests. Stroll around the highlights, including the richly carved Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, and learn about the rites held here to ensure healthy crops.

Then, wander around the surrounding gardens, a popular socializing spot. See the locals enjoying activities such as Tai Chi — an ancient exercise of slow-paced movements — as well as singing, dancing, and tea-drinking.

After a Tai Chi lesson with a Tai Chi master, take a rickshaw ride around one of Beijing’s traditional hutong quarters. These fast-disappearing areas feature alleyways and simple courtyard homes, and offer a window into old-school Beijing life. Visit a family home to enjoy a dumpling-making session before savoring some of your creations as part of a traditional lunch.

Lastly, head for the Shijia Hutong Museum, a museum centered on a restored hutong home. After exploring the rooms to learn about life here in the 20th century, enjoy free time to delve into the nearby alleyways before your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.

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