• Tour code: 11301P79
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Discover Beijing's traditional and fast-disappearing 'hutong' (old residential neighborhoods) on a 3-hour walking tour. Visit the Shijia Hutong Museum to experience the sights, sounds, and customs of these old-time courtyard enclaves, and delve into two or three hutongs to see their alleyways and houses. Visit a local wet market, and drink tea with a local family in their traditional home, learning about their lifestyle. Upgrade to extend your visit over a home-cooked lunch.

Highlights

  • 3-hour hutong tour with museum and family visit in Beijing
  • Visit the Shijia Hutong Museum to learn about Beijing's disappearing hutongs
  • Explore the artifacts and displays to experience hutong life
  • Tour the alleyways and courtyards of some typical hutongs
  • Visit a wet market and see the locals buying fresh produce
  • Drink tea with a family in their traditional hutong home
  • Upgrade to enjoy a home-cooked lunch with the family

What You Can Expect

Beijing Hutong Tour including Hutong Museum and Tea with a Local Family

Explore old-fashioned hutong alleyways

Book your desired tour option, and meet your guide near Dengshikou subway station.

Walk to the Shijia Hutong Museum, which celebrates these old alleyway-and-courtyard home neighborhoods, many of them destroyed in China’s march to modernization. Learn how these residential areas became central to Old Beijing and Chinese culture as you view the artifacts and displays.

Admire the architectural models, learn about hutong cuisine and folklore, and hear the sounds of hutong life, such as the tweeting of birds and hollers of street vendors in the special sound booth.

Afterward, explore two or three original hutongs. Delve into the lanes as your guide points out the architectural features that hold different cultural and social meanings. Explore a wet market to see locals buying fresh produce, and perhaps purchase goodies like dried chilis or mushrooms — your guide can help you haggle.

Lastly, visit a local family in their hutong home. Learn about their everyday lives as you chat over a Chinese tea, and finish your tour when you follow your guide’s directions back to the subway. Alternatively, if you’ve upgraded to include lunch, stay for a home-cooked meal, and then take your leave, bringing your tour to an end.

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