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[Half-Day Tour] Beijing Hutong Rickshaw (Private, no-shopping)

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Day Tour | No-Shopping | Private Tour

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Beijing

Hutong | Drum & Bell Towe

This half-day tour of Beijing takes in the ancient wonders of this fascinating city—without any inconvenient shopping detours. Visit the remains of Beijing's ancient city wall and the Drum & Bell Towers. Then hop on board a rickshaw for a tour of the hutong, Beijing's old traditional lanes;they're fast disappearing, so see them while you can!

Details

8:30-9:00 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup

9:30 a.m. Old Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour (about 1.5 hours)

From there you'll hop on a rickshaw and explore the various hutongs which wind their way around the old city. These include Zhonglouwan Hutong, Doufushi Hutong, Zhaofu Street, Wangzuo Hutong, Baosha Hutong and Beiluoguxiang. Dating back to the Mongol Yuan Dynasty, hutong, are traditional Beijing lanes which served as passageways between various siheyuan, or courtyard houses. Over time, the name "hutong" has come to refer more broadly to the style of housing and the neighborhoods in which the traditional gray-brick courtyard dwellings are found. You will also take a closer look at a siheyuan, which is a type of building or set of buildings commonly found in Beijing which historically served as residences, family businesses, palaces or temples. Families still live in them today and you'll get the chance to meet them and witness their lifestyle.

11:00 p.m. Drum & Bell Tower (about 1 hour)

Next visit the Drum Tower, the ancient timekeeper of the city, where the drums are still struck rapidly a total of 108 times every hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to Chinese tradition. Here you can learn about traditional Chinese time-keeping methods and view the huge 1.5 meter-diameter (4.9 ft) drum located within. The Bell Tower is located just behind the Drum Tower and houses China's largest and heaviest bell. Both structures dominated the ancient Beijing skyline and you can climb to the top of either tower for fabulous views of the city.

12:00 p.m. Return to hotel

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) English-speaking guide service

2) Admission fees and transportation as listed in details

What is excluded?

1) Lunch

2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 3 days in advance. If you cancel 2 days or less before your visit, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged per booking.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from hotels. Free pickup/drop-off available for hotels situated within the 4th Ring Road of Beijing, otherwise an additional charge applies. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Please call Adam @(+86)13911199167 for any urgent matters.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

7.Bookings made after 7:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity will be canceled.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.