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Weave your way around charming streets and ancient alleys (hutongs) on a 3-hour rickshaw tour of Beijing. Clamber into your traditional mode of transport and discover an alternative side of Beijing; see locals going about daily life and marvel at spectacular sights like Prince Gong’s Mansion and its verdant surrounding gardens. Visit a local home to gain insight into ancient Chinese customs and culture and sip aromatic tea collected from local plantations. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching tour. 


  • Tour Beijing’s hutongs (old, narrow streets) by rickshaw
  • Climb up the Drum and Bell Tower for a bird's-eye view of old Beijing
  • Visit a local home to visit with a Chinese family
  • Sip on delicious Chinese tea at a local tea house
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

Old Hutong Half-Day Tour in Beijing

Depart from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and venture to the magnificent Drum and Bell Tower, where the tour begins. Climb aboard your awaiting rickshaw, a traditional method of transportation designed to carry the driver and passengers, and set off to see the city sights. Head to Prince Gong’s Mansion, an enormous and perfectly preserved royal residence that dates back to the Qing Dynasty, and hear of the building's rich history. 

Disembark to stroll the beautiful gardens and admire rockeries, ponds, elaborate pavilions and distinctive water features. Climb back onto the rickshaw and explore the old streets of Beijing; learn about communities built around hutongs (narrow streets) then arrive at a local Chinese home to gain insight into traditional customs. 

Greet the courteous family and listen as the local people talk about their way of life. After your enriching cultural experience, head to a traditional tea house to sip freshly brewed varieties of the beverage in a richly decorated environment. Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to your hotel, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An interesting experience seeing the old Chinese homes situated around the river. We had the opportunity to visit briefly with a family and were shown miniature glass bottle painting, which was interesting. There was no pressure to buy and we enjoyed our experience. Our guide and driver were excellent.

Kathleen Ann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was my first tour in Beijing and it was my favorite! Mr. Goo picked me up at my hotel and he was a wonderful guide! The hutongs are a must and this is the way to experience Beijing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Alex C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A good tour

Sara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous trip. Great guide, wonderful sites. Only thing I would change is skipping the silk mall at the end.

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, William, was excellent and he could not have done more for us. Very professional and a delight to be with. The tour itself was excellent an a great insight into life before modern China and we highly recommend it. We have used Viator many times in many countries, and have never been disappointed. We have recommended Viator to many of our friends who have also been very impressed. Thank you for running a high quality, very reliable travel company.

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I had a great tour and overall experience. Being off-season (December 4), I ended up being the only one on the tour. My tour guide, Cynthia, did a great job combining a good bit of explanation and personal conversation. She was very colorful and enthusiastic, and a great tour guide. The driver was also good and worked very well with Cynthia. The hostess at the home-stop was very sweet and gracious.

Ethel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I enjoyed my tour through the old hutongs. My tour guide, Cherry, spoke English well and is very knowledgeable. I like that I was able to travel solo without having to pay a group price. Thank you.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I really liked exploring the 'old' alleys of Beijing. I also liked seeing someone's home upclose, and I didn't feel pressured to purchase anything (though I did, after I saw her paint inside a bottle and she let us try it ourselves and it was impossible).

Peggy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour was amazing. I learned so much about early Beijing life. My guide, Karlynn(spelling?). Was extremely accommodating and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this tour

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