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Learn about China’s traditions on a half-day tour that takes place in one of Beijing’s old hutongs. Start with a morning tai chi lesson in Bell and Drum Tower Square, then ride through the hutong on a rickshaw for an intimate glimpse of the old ways of Beijing. Next, visit a local home where you learn the arts of paper cutting and Chinese calligraphy. You can also create your own Peking opera mask and fashion a giant panda from clay. Your tour includes lunch, activities and an informative guide.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour with tai chi lesson, Chinese calligraphy, and hutong experience
  • Practice the ancient art of tai chi during a lesson at the iconic Bell and Drum Tower Square
  • See life in the hutong up close on a scenic rickshaw ride
  • Learn about Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting
  • Make a Peking opera mask and ceramic giant panda to take home
  • Includes guide, lunch, rickshaw ride, and lessons in tai chi and crafts

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Isobel K

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

I was met at the Drum Tower at 8:00 am. The square was already busy with people exercising and dancing which was an inspiration to me as many of the people were elderly and looked like they were having fun. The tutor gave me instruction on the basics of Tai Chi which was very enlightening although I did have trouble concentrating and relaxing my mind but that was just me. I was then met by Eva who took me to a Hutong which was preserved with lovely antiques from her relatives. She showed me the basics of calligraphy and paper cutting which I enjoyed, although I would have like to do more of the paper cutting. We took a short walk back to the Drum Tower and I had a demonstration on how to make a kite, followed by a painting lesson and make a theatre mask which I enjoyed tremendously. I also made a small panda out of air-drying clay which was great fun. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the lunch provided was lovely.

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