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At first glance, Beijing appears to be a thoroughly modern city, but a stroll or rickshaw ride through the city’s alleyways (hutongs) reveals the charm of old Beijing. Hutongs are a special feature of central Beijing and weave across much of an area between Wangfujing and the east wall of the Forbidden City and also between Wangfujing and Dongdan. Typically running east to west, hutongs were created by the walls of courtyard houses (siheyuan).

During China’s dynastic period emperors arranged the residential areas of Beijing according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty (1027-256BC). The Forbidden City was at the centre and surrounded in concentric circles by the Inner and Outer City. The more status a citizen had, the closer they lived to the centre of the city with aristocrats residing to the east and west of the imperial palace. High-ranking officials and wealthy merchants would live in large siheyuan often featuring beautifully carved and painted roof beams and pillars with carefully planned gardens. Farther from the palace, and to its north and south, were the residences of commoners, merchants, artisans and labourers.

In the Qianmen area south of Tiananmen Square, as well as hutongs and siheyuan, you’ll find many shops with original facades selling Mongolian hot pots, silks and other items. The number of hutongs in Beijing has dropped dramatically since the mid-20th century as areas of the city have been demolished to make way for new roads, buildings and the Olympic village. In an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Beijing Hutongs, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to China

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China
Warriors & Dragons
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FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA: Take your little warriors on a Chinese Adventure. Climb the Great Wall, visit the awesome terracotta army in Xi’an and discover modern Shanghai.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China
China Express
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Explore the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike a medieval fortress and meet a Terracotta Warrior - the perfect introduction to the charms of China!

The Great Wall of China | China
Great Wall & Warriors
9 days FROM $2,149

Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Suzhou. Warriors, walls, waterways and wontons. See the sights and taste the delights on our fantastic journey through China - both ancient and modern.

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China
China For Teens
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FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA: Climb the legendary Great Wall in Badaling, explore the Forbidden City in Beijing, marvel at the subterranean army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, cruise the picturesque waterways of Suzhou and get lost in the glimmering metropolis of Shanghai on a fun adventure for young and old.

Dragon boat racing | China
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Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and the Dragon Boat Festival in Suzhou. Warriors, walls, waterways and wontons. See the sights and taste the delights on our fantastic journey through China - including some Dragon Boat racing at the end!

Potala Palace | Lhasa | Tibet
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Exploring Beijing’s grand Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and scenic Great Wall, Xi’an’s warriors and mighty medieval fortress, we continue our journey to the roof of the world, Tibet - a spiritual land that has exerted its magnetic pull over travellers for centuries.

Chengdu Pandas | China
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Head south from Beijing's Forbidden City and the Great Wall of Badaling to Xi'an - home of the famous Terracotta Warriors, onwards to meet the beautiful Giant Pandas in Chengdu and finishing up in sizzling Shanghai!

Longman Caves | Luoyang | China
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A complete checker board of history, culture, sights & experiences. Jump from old Beijing and the expansive Great Wall to the mammoth carved statues at Longman's Caves, Suzhou - known as little Venice and 21st century Shanghai

The Harbin Ice Festival | China
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Enjoy Christmas and 5 star New Year’s eve climbing the Great Wall, sightseeing in Beijing, tackling terracotta warriors & throwing snowballs at Harbin’s Ice Sculpture festival!

Dragon's Backbone | Longsheng | China
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Take the road less travelled from bustling Beijing to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors, before discovering the striking limestone peaks of Guilin, the fascinating eclectic mix of minority groups in Yangshuo and Longsheng’s incredible Dragons Backbone.

View of the city | Hong Kong | China
Hutongs to Hong Kong
13 days FROM $3,199

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the magnificent Great Wall, visit Longman Grottoes, the Terracotta Warriors and futuristic Shanghai. Top off this classic journey through China where East meets West and ancient meets modern with wonderful Hong Kong - a shopper’s paradise.

Lijiang River | China
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Climb the Great Wall and enter the Forbidden City, explore the Longman grottoes and encounter an army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Then cruise the River Li in scenic Yangshuo before ending your adventure in Shanghai, the Paris of the East.

Canals of Suzhou | China
Mandarin Sunrise
15 days FROM $3,349

Ultimate China! Travelling a full circle that begins and ends in Beijing, you will discover temples, tombs, palaces and ancient cities, uncovering culture, tradition, religion and local communities along the way. This is China at its very best - it’s the full monty!

President 8 Cruiser | Yangtze River | China
Yin and Yangtze
15 days FROM $3,799

Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China's historic capital before heading south to Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River, passing through the stunning Three Gorges and then explore Shanghai and ancient Suzhou.

Government building | Pyongyang | North Korea
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9 days FROM $4,499

Delve into the mystery that is North Korea on this 9 day tour taking you from the incredible sights of Beijing to the Soviet-style capital of Pyongyang in the DPRK. Get inside this isolated country with visits to important historical monuments and fascinating museums complimented by trips to stunning mountains and ancient temples.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | China
Beijing Visa Free
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The perfect city stay for those in transit through Beijing, it is now possible to stay for up to 72 hours without needing a visa. See the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and experience the wonder that is mysterious China.

The Great Wall of China | China
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Enjoy a city break with a difference. Explore Tiananmen Square, enter the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, sample traditional Peking Duck and test your bartering skills in the Silk Alley Markets.

Garden in Suzhou | China
Postcard from China
10 days FROM $2,139

From Beijing to Shanghai via the Jinan Province, visit UNESCO sites, Qufu - Confucius' birthplace, sacred Tai Shan, ancient Suzhou and its many waterways, concluding in bustling Shanghai.

The Forbidden City | Beijing | China
Lucky 8 City Break
8 days FROM $1,669

Enjoy a well-rounded 8 day city break in China’s top two cities. Take a walk on the Great Wall, stroll along Tiananmen Square and visit Shanghai - a bustling city that offers great sights, restaurants and shopping.

Giant pandas | China
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12 Days FROM $3,499

Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta warriors in Xi'an and the beautiful Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Spend some time marvelling at these amazing creatures before continuing on to sensational Shanghai - China's gateway to modernity!

Turpan | The Silk Road | China
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The Great Wall of China | China
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Visiting the nation’s capital - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo, Hangzhou, Suzhou and cosmopolitan Shanghai. This cultural rollercoaster of a tour is filled with top UNESCO sites, spectacular scenery and unique experiences, guaranteed to captivate and enthrall.

Forbidden City Beijing | Trans-siberian Railway | China
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Explore Beijing and Tiananmen Square, enter the Forbidden City and climb the UNESCO Listed Great Wall of China. An exciting finish to one of our Trans-Siberian journeys from Moscow.

The Great Wall of China | China
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Probably the world’s most famous wall and most definitely the longest, it is common belief that it was built to keep the Moguls out, but the crafty rules also used it to keep the tax-paying residents within! Come, climb and witness the view from this magnificent ancient structure!

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