Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

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Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw
from AUD $91.95
Take a historical tour of Beijing’s narrow streets, known as hutongs, on a traditional rickshaw (a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers in addition to the driver). See the old Beijing that still exists for millions of people today. Followed by a walking tour to Drum Tower, Tea House as well as to visit a local home where you can learn about Chinese life from a family. 
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In Brief

Beijing, China
3 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hutong Tour, No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District No.9, Zhonglou, Dongcheng District, 100009, Beijing, Beijing 100009 China

It’s an adventure to roam the old streets of Beijing, but it becomes all the more exciting by pedicab. This tour allows you to get a taste of life in the city as you travel through the old, narrow streets, & Hutong. Hutong is the small windy alleyways between the city’s main boulevards. Taking a stroll here, we will experience the more authentic parts of the city and really get to grips with the old Beijing.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bell and Drum Towers, Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

This tour is including climbing a local Drum Tower for a bird-view of old Beijing. Following is the stop for a chat with a real Chinese family. There is even a stop for refreshments at a local tea house.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Travel down the hutong on a rickshaw
  • Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
  • If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 08:30AM or 01:00PM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Tea tasting
  • Admission tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Bell and Drum Towers


  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Departs from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
Dates: Daily
Return point: Tour returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they are not occupying a seat
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I was the only guest , it was a private tour with guide and driver!.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
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 !
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
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
• Submitted 07 Nov 2017
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.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2017
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.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2017
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.
• Submitted 25 Jun 2017
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.
• Submitted 02 May 2017
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.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
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.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2017
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
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!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
A good tour
• Submitted 03 Dec 2015
Fabulous trip. Great guide, wonderful sites. Only thing I would change is skipping the silk mall at the end.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
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.
• Submitted 27 Oct 2015
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.
• Submitted 14 Dec 2014
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.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2014
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).
• Submitted 14 Jul 2014
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
• Submitted 16 Apr 2014
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!
• Submitted 11 Apr 2013
An enjoyable morning in the "old" part of Beijing. One on one with Guide, Cherry, which added to the experience.
• Submitted 26 Jul 2012
Our tour was terrific! The guide at the Hutongs was very good. She included additional information and her English was also very good.
• Submitted 03 May 2012
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!!!
• Submitted 20 Dec 2010
What fun! This is certainly a must do tour!
• Submitted 09 Dec 2009
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.
• Submitted 07 Nov 2008