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a very interesting and insightful tour of the hutongs, or narrow alleys. watching folks go about their lives, and soaking up the culture. my guide was full of info, answered all my questions, and couldnt have been better. a very worthwhile tour, for sure !
A dedicated private tour for two with a driver and an a very nice English speaking lady guide.
The tour included the Bell and Drum Towers as well a visit of a Tea House ceremony, tea tasting and shopping
This was a very nice morning.
We first visited the Bell and Drum Towers, climbing up the steep stairs of the Bell Tower.
The rickshaw ride was next, with a short stroll through the hutongs as well as a visit to one of the houses.
Then we had a tea ceremony...trying around 5 types of tea. there is a little shop as well where you can buy tea and accessories.
Last on the list was a visit to a silk factory. There was a huge selection of household items as well as clothing that was for sale as well.
The only thing that could have improved this tour was if we were there on a day when the drums are played at the Drum Tower.
This tour was fantastic and I would highly recommend it. Our guide, Gayle, was wonderful, warm, kind, and very informative. I did the tour on my first day in Beijing with my 8 year old daughter, and am so glad we did. Gayle was especially sweet with my young daughter, who also loved the tour. The hutong neighborhood was so interesting, and we loved the drum tower and tea tasting. After the tour as over, Gayle asked if we might like to visit a pearl place and a silk place, and we did and these were also great fun to see, especially for my daughter, who liked seeing the oysters and the silkworms. Overall, a wonderful experience.
This is a good, 3-hour tour around a district of old hutongs - including a visit inside one - and a walk up to the Drum Tower. Michael was friendly and very knowledgeable.
This was a fantastic way to see an actual Chinese neighborhood and get a glimpse of everyday life. Our guide Gail was very kind and informative.
amishak136 South Africa
We did this tour on Christmas morning. Was really good to be out and about so early. Lovely tour. I take my hat off to the Rickshaw driver's as they navigate through the small lanes so well. A different way to tour and our tour guide was also very good. A visit to one of homes was also very interesting.
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.
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!
Fabulous trip. Great guide, wonderful sites. Only thing I would change is skipping the silk mall at the end.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
The Hutong tour was our first tour of Beijing and it was much more than we expected. Jason was our guide and he provided an excellent tour!
An enjoyable morning in the "old" part of Beijing. One on one with Guide, Cherry, which added to the experience.
Our tour was terrific! The guide at the Hutongs was very good. She included additional information and her English was also very good.
It could not have been a better experience. We had Micheal as our guide, he was patient and kind and had a good sense of humor.They we always on time and thorough. In fact so much info we couldn't rememeber all of it. We felt comfortable and extremely satisfied with how we got exactly what we had signed up for. We would highly recomend Viator!!!
Linda M Australia
Can only be described as one of our all-time favourite travel memories. Particularly loved visit to private home, which was included in tour. Host fantastic; shared pot of tea, met her family. Thoroughly recommend.
Veronica K Singapore
An interesting tour. My 7yo son asked to do this tour cos he wanted to ride in a rickshaw. It was really cold though. The visit to a home in the hutong was enlightening, and we also enjoyed the visit to the drum tower. Our guide, Gale, was excellent. She was punctual in picking us up at our hotel, very knowledgeable about history, and spoke good English.
Had an amazing guide, Gale. She gave very detailed explanation. However, I realised she didn't take me to the Prince Gong's Mansion as stated in the tour details.
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