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Beijing Hutong Life Discovery Tour in Dongcheng District

Hutong is the window of Beijing which you can experience real life of locals and it is an old-fashioned and historic part of Beijing. This exclusive tour is designed for gives you a deep insight of Hutong from insider’s view. Take a birds-eye view of Hutong on top of Bell Tower, visit a Hutong family, and learn Chinese calligraphy or paper cut from the household, stroll through small alleys, and acknowledge about the life in courtyard house.

About This Tours

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Skip the Line
  • Availability : Depart on every day
  • Tour Type: Private
  • Guide Language : English
  • Easy Cancellation : Up to 14 days before departure: 100% full refund; 7 to 13 days before departure: 90% refund; 3 to 6 days before departure: 50% refund; 2 to 0 days days before departure: no refund

What To Expect

  • Walk around the authentic Hutong area in east district of Beijing
  • Allowed to see how people live their life by visit a local family
  • Experience Chinese paper cut or Chinese Calligraphy with the host in Hutong family
  • Have fun to learn big brush writing the Chinese calligraphy on the ground
  • Ascend the Bell Tower for panoramic Hutong area

Tour Itinerary

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The night before your tour: arranging a pickup time

Your guide will call you at about 8 pm on the night before your tour to arrange the pickup time. If you don’t answer, your guide will leave you a message at the front desk of your hotel.

We will also send you your guide's phone number two days before departure.

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Pick Up from Your Hotel and Take a Taxi to The Bell Tower

Meet your guide in the hotel in the morning. Then head to Hutong area by Taxi, you will walk to see the most beautiful authentic Hutong area of Beijing.

Firstly, ascend the Bell Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the hutong area. The total walking distance in this tour is about 1.5 km.

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower

bird’s-eye view of the hutong

Bird’s-eye View of Hutong

9:30 - 11:30

In-depth Discovery of 12 Places in The Forbidden City

Ascend the Bell Tower to have a bird’s-eye view of the hutong area. The total walking distance in this tour is about 1.4 km.

Hutongs are a maze of historic alleyways with traditional single-story courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. They are a remnant of the old Beijing. In this tour, you will walk through the narrow alleys, as well as visit a local family to discover the traditional lifestyle and how these unique residential houses and culture are protected.

Fun to participate of their daily life recreation activities of use a big brush writing the Chinese calligraphy on the ground via use the power of muscles, a popular activity among local seniors.

If you are interested in a traditional Chinese culture experience, we are happy to offer a free experience in the hutongs of about 40 minutes: Learn Chinese Calligraphy or Learn Chinese Paper Cutting. Please tell your tour guide which one you prefer a day in advance for a day so that he/she can make a reservation for you.

Transfer back to your hotel by Taxi.

Beijing Hutong Tour

Beijing Hutong Tour

Brush Writing on the Ground

Brush Writing on the Ground

chinese calligraphy hutong

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Paper Cut

Chinese Paper Cut

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person
$ 122 $ 75 $ 66 $ 56

* Price per Person in US Dollars 1 Person $ 123 The price may change during some festivals including Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid- Autumn Day and National Day (1st-7th October).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

* An extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier than 09:00 or later than 19:00.

Price Inclusion

  • Private English-speaking guide service fee
  • Private transfer service with air-conditioned vehichle
  • All entrance tickets and meals listed above
  • Service charge and tax
  • China life tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • Luggage transfers


Price Exclusion

  • Airfare/train tickets/hotel/China visa
  • Any meals not listed above
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping and attractions that are not listed in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges and travel insurance
  • Extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier 09:00 or later than 19:00


Tour Code: BJALC-18

Tour Type: Half Day Trips  (Private Tour)

from US $75 p/p

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