Morning Market and Street Food in Beijing’s Hutongs

Market and Street Food
Tour in the Hutongs

Set off on an interactive culinary adventure to explore a bustling local market
set among the ancient alleyways of the hutongs. Learn about the fresh
produce on offer and sample some delicious Chinese snacks.


Beijing’s markets stock everything from fruit and vegetables to fresh meat and seafood, all on open-air display. You will also find a myriad of herbs and spices that give Chinese cuisine its distinctive flavours. As places to stroll and chat with friends and neighbours, markets form an important part of the tapestry of Chinese life.

For visitors, the sheer volume and variety of produce on display can be confusing and overwhelming. The best way to navigate these lively markets is with a local guide who can explain the items on sale and help to barter and haggle for the best prices.


Market and Street Food Tour in the Hutongs

09:30 - 12:30

The driver and guide will collect you from the hotel and take you to the narrow alleyways of the hutongs. The hutongs are situated in the older part of the city and they give an insight into the Beijing of old, as well as the lifestyle of contemporary residents. They are the best place to see and feel Beijing’s authentic culture, and these narrow lanes also hide many culinary treasures.

On foot, set off on a culinary adventure. This interactive walking tour takes you to one of the busiest markets in this traditional area. The excursion explores the colourful and fresh produce on offer. The knowledgeable guide will guide you through the stalls and provide tips on how to incorporate Chinese flavours into your dishes back home so you can create your very own Chinese kitchen. As you wander through the market, there are plenty of stops to interact with the stall owners. You can inspect and smell the fresh produce and even sample some typical street food snacks.

At the end of the tour the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • This food-themed tour along local restaurants and food stalls may not be suitable for customers who are vegetarians or have specific food allergies.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We will always make the effort 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 pick-up 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.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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 excursion is only operated in the morning.


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