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Best Day Tour of Beijing City Highlights with Hutong Exploration

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From $80 per person

Tour Style:
This is a private tour that allows you to visit the most famous tourist sites in Beijing and you will go around the buzzing Nanluoguxiang Hutongs either by rickshaw (Optional) and on foot on this tour. You will see the local families, eat an authentic local lunch and learn some Beijing folk arts, learning about the area’s history and having an authentic picture of Beijing. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel/Airport/Train station is included.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Nanluoguxiang Hutong (optional: rickshaw ride,family visiting)

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Beijing (Train station,Airport)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Beijing (Train station,Airport)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash,Wire,Paypal,WesternUnion,Wechat,Alipay,Bank Transfer

Available: Daily

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Beijing
  • Today's Activities: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Nanluoguxiang Hutong (optional: rickshaw ride,family visiting)
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: L

Pick up service is arranged at your hotel in Beijing (Train station,Airport). You will find a welcome sign "Beijing Private Tour". The Best Day Tour of Beijing City Highlights includes following activities:

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Firstly, our guide will take you to visit the most famous site-Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia. The palace occupies an area of 720,000 square meters (177.9 acres) and has approximately 8,700 rooms. A high red wall with a total length of 3,400 meters (3,718 yards) encases the palace.

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Enjoy an authentic Beijing lunch at a local restaurant, where the locals eat that takes you off the beaten culinary path. (Lunch is included)

After lunch, drive you to visit Temple of Heaven. The temple was constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and was enlarged during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is the grandest cult architecture complex in the world and a masterpiece of the Chinese people created in ancient times. It covers 2,700,000 square meters (667 acres). Emperors of the two dynasties used to worship the heaven and pray for rich harvests, as the feudal emperors thought they were the son of the heaven. 

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The last stop for the tour is Nanluoguxiang Hutong. It's one of the best preserved historical areas in downtown Beijing, is famous for its hutong and siheyuan courtyards. Recently the popularity of Nanluoguxiang has increased noticeably with tourist numbers on the rise after 2008 Olympic Games. You will do a short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong. A tour to visit Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents'live. Optional Hutong Activities: Traditional rickshaw ride (at your own expense); Local family visiting to learn some Beijing folk arts, the area’s history.

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After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Beijing (Train station,Airport).

Optional Activities

In order to make sure you see more of the grand capital of Beijing than just the normal sightseeing places, we've concocted a selection of various unique and interesting optional activities for you, including the local life experience, cultural performances, Chinese art leaning and more. You will definitely get a deep understanding of Beijing through these activities, you can choose the following optional activities according to your interests.

Experience The Real Life of Beijingers In Beihai Park  Free Charge
Want to know how pekingese spend their leisure time? Follow our guide to walk around the Beihai Park, the park is a very popular place where local people, the elderly and retired gather for morning exercises such as tai chi, to play Chinese chess or cards, mahjong, Chinese musical instruments such as to sing. It is one of the best place to winteness and experience the real life of Beijing.

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Beijing Hutong Breakfast Experience    Cost for Breakfast: within 30RMB per person
Wake up early and join us for a local breakfast instead of eating in your hotel, we sample the most authentic and delicious breakfast hiding in plain sight once you get off the crowded roads and into the backstreets. The meandering hutong alleyways bustle with local neighborhood life and delicious food, especially in the morning.

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Hutong Home Visiting & Rickshaw Experience  Free Charge for Home visiting & 100RMB/per hour for one rickshaw ride
If you are interested in China’s culture and local Beijinger’s life style, you could come to Hutong area. We will arrange home visiting for you where you can learn about the local Beijing lifestyle. In Hutong area you could still see what the old Beijing looks like. You maybe like to walk with dogs in your country, but in Beijing, the local Beijingers like to walk with birds. What's more, a trip through the Hutongs gave you a glimpse of Chinese traditional life, one of the most fun ways to see this is with a rickshaw ride.

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Taste the Authentic Peking Opera Performance  Show Ticket: 280RMB~580RMB
For a taste of the colorful Chinese entertainment scene, you should consider going for a night peking opera performance at Liyuan Theatre, a place presents a unique glimpse into some of the most classic and loved Peking Opera repertoires. You will not only enjoy the authentic peking opera show but also can visit the making- up room to see the performers preparing for the opera show.

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Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide


Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Joyce Lim
Reviewed on 06 July 2020

This was the best tour to book in China! My parents and I had an outstanding full day tour with Shirley in Beijing last month! Our day with her was perfect from beginning to end. She is very knowledgeable and her English was on point. Our driver Mr. Xu was very attentive as well and had cold waters for us ready when returning from our tour of each spot during the hot summer. He has the AC on the entire time, so it was perfect for us. This tour went smoothly even traveled with my eldery parents, it was 100% flexible for us and sightseeing on our own travel pace. During the day, we visited the must-see place, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, we visited the summer palace instead of the Temple of Heaven since my parents would like enjoy more scenery and spend a leisure boat ride at Summer Palace, finally, our guide took us to visit the old part of Beijing city, we had the rickshaw ride to go around the area since my parents got tired of the long day sightseeing ( on our own expense). Booking was easy, i contacted the company through the email and they were efficient, got back us with all the tour details. If I ever have the chance to go back, I will definitely book this tour again for my husband and children.

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Andy Fischer
Reviewed on 06 July 2020

I was in Beijing for work and the first time visiting. I had a day off from my business, so i looked for the day trip in Beijing. This tour was wonderful and my tour guide Shirley was excellent, she was very knowledgeable and personable, she spoke fluent english so we had no language barriers throughout the day. I didn't visit the Great Wall of China, only the places in the downtown area, but all of them were worth visiting, such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven as well as old hutongs in Beijing. The guide helped to take lots of pictures of me which was nice since i was travel alone. Also managed all the logistics well including tickets, travel, lunch, bathroom breaks etc. I didn’t have to worry about anything. She made it very easy. I will definitely return to Beijing again for travel, business and book the service with Beijing Private Tour!

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Jean Louis
Reviewed on 30 June 2020

I booked the tour with Beijing private tour few days ago, a very interesting and insightful Beijing city tour with the hutongs, we visited the Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven. Our guide Shirley took us walk into the narrow alley and local family to watch folks go about their lives, and soaking up the culture. We also did the traditional rickshaw ride along the zigzag road. The guide was full of information, answered all my questions, and couldnt have been better. She was helpful, gave lots of good recommendation for the night activities in Beijing. It was definitly a very worthwhile tour!

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Jennifer Billips
Reviewed on 02 June 2020

Lovely Tour! We did this tour on during our honeymoon in Beijing. We found this company from the internet and sent the tour inquiry about Beijing, the travel consultant replied to us very efficent. In addition to the classic itinerary, we also picked this hutong family visiting & rickshaw tour, we had a good time when we visit hutong, 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 professional and friendly, she is also a good photographer and helped us to take a lot of beautiful and interesting photos. A family visiting was was also interesting, we tried to chat with locals and learn how to cook local food. Very precious memory in my life!

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Carolyn Venable
Reviewed on 28 May 2020

We had a great tour experience with Shirley in Beijing, we were only in Beijing for a day and this tour was perfect to see the highlights. Our guide Shirley led us fearlessly through the sites, and we had a marvelous time. During the day, we visited the famous Forbidden City, Summer Palace & old hutong area, hutong rickshaw ride was the most interesting expereince I had. we spent almost 3 hours in the forbidden city, the tour guide was very informative and she explained to us the history of the Forbidden City in detail that's what we want.

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Arlena
Reviewed on 27 February 2019

We had a great trip with last week. Our tour guide and driver were absolutely awsome. I will recommend this Beijing tour operator to anyone going to China, especially Beijing. We did a private tour so we no need to wait in the line to buy the entrance tickets, just like we are VIP clients, so special. Our guide Andy made a beautiful day for us, we really enjoyed it. We are senior, but it didn't let us feel tired. The guide took good care of us. Thank you Andy!

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Lolita Smith
Reviewed on 22 February 2019

Jennifer Zhang made for a great day for us. We got to see so many amazing things in a day without feeling rushed. She started the day by giving us a small gift, it represents the real culture of Beijing. It was so nice to go to these places and have Jennifer truly bring them to life for us with all the great insight and history. It was also very nice to not have to worry about tickets or standing in any lines, it really felt like she gave us a VIP access. We had an amazing authentic lunch and truly life changing experience with all the wonderful places we got to see with her help. She took a bunch of pictures for us and was really there to make our day. Then to finish the day after the tour was over and she did everything and more she was suppose to we asked her about teahouses and where to buy some souvenirs and not only did she give us the place but took us to two great places on her own time as well. She took us back to our hotel. Would definitely recommended this tour with Jennifer to my friends!

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Brita
Reviewed on 18 February 2019

We highly recommend this Beijing day trip with city highlights. Our guide Andy was amazing. She is so knowledgeable about the sites as well so much Beijing history. I cannot recommend enough. This was absolutely the best China tour I have ever taken. Andy is incredibly kind, took good care of my parents and my daughter loved spending the day with her. A perfect day with a perfect tour guide!

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Carol
Reviewed on 18 February 2019

We found this company online and we contacted the company via email, we told them all our requests and they replied to us very quickly. The tour exact what we want. We took a chance and it turned out to be a really good, credible company. They arranged the tour accordingly, we didn’t feel tired during the tour since our group has senior and kids. And our tour guide Sherry was perfect, she is friendly, professional and knowledgeable, fluent English. All in all, we would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to travel to China for a Beijing sight-seeing trip. Of course, we would not hesitate to book trip with this company in the future!

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Aron Lee
Reviewed on 14 February 2019

Great service from China Beijing Private Tour Company, Professional English Guide, experienced driver, comfortable vehicle,well orginaed itinerary. We were picked-up from Beijing downtown hotel,all the entrance tickets,Beijing city hotel pick up and drop off service, bottle of water are included this tour package. All in all, the tour was well worth booking. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to visit Beijing!

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