Biking through Beijing’s Hutongs

Biking through Beijing’s Hutongs

History preserved nearby Beijing’s modern developments and viewed from a bicycle saddle.
The Hutongs by bike offers an up-and-close insight into the history of the capital’s
historical buildings through alleys, where a leisurely pace lifestyle rules.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Very little of the original Beijing, dating back from the Jin Dynasty remains visible as of today. Officially translated as the Northern Capital, Beijing’s origins date back as far as the 11th century and were the capital city during the Jin and Yuan Dynasty up until the late 13th century. The former glory of what stands still today are remnants of later dynasties (Ming and Qing); these periods have shaped the historical importance of the development of Chinese culture to the more modern influences of a fast-moving city.

A small preserved part of the capital that offers an insight of a bygone era with some modern flairs are the Hutongs, a labyrinth of narrow streets depicting of flairs of Chinese heritage. And what better way to explore this than by bicycle.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Biking through Beijing’s Hutongs

09:00 - 12:00

Your guide and driver will be ready at your centrally located hotel in Beijing for a ride through downtown Beijing, where cars, motorcycles and bikes move in all direction of this metropolis. We arrive at the starting point of the Beijing Hutong. A connection of narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes not only show reminders of the construction skills of the Chinese during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties but still provide living quarters, quaint cafes and galleries for those appreciating the older times.

Your cycling trip will bring you passing traditional courtyard houses, hidden behind high walls as you paddle along tree-lined alleyways that form the heartbeat of this unique city and a real-life link to its fascinating past. Many of the houses and buildings have ornately carved characters intended to bring good fortune to the house owner and his trade. The size and style of gate denoted the owner’s wealth and social rank. Your guide will be able to explain the details and the various unique sights passing by such as a little-known temple, parks where locals spending quality time chatting and mingling. A visit to one of the old courtyard houses gives you a sneak peek inside these stone walls and ancient aristocratic architecture.

In the end, we have to leave the unusual mix of and current-day locals, giving the hutong alleys their unique character behind as we end our cycling tour near the Forbidden City. Transfer back to your booked accommodation in downtown Beijing is included.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide only
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations.
  • This bicycle tour is a recreational one and covers approximately 10 kilometres of cycling with various stops made en route
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs.
  • When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the morning.

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