3-Hour Hutong Walking Tour And Peking Opera Mask Painting Class - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    74 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100031
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your centrally located hotel within 4 Rings Beijing.
    If your hotel is outside of 4.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Hutong is the traditional courtyard residences of Beijing locals, and most of Hutong building you see nowadays are the heritage from Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (with nearly 700 years history). It represents an important cultural element of the city of Beijing, and you will find so many interesting stories and things to do here including Rickshaw riding, Peking Opera Mask Painting in a Hutong family house. Of course, you will also visit some major attraction sites in the Bell and Drum Tower area, such as Mansion Garden of Prince Gong, the Former Residence of Song Qinling, the Buddhist Temple, the beautiful Shi Cha Lake, and so much more. It's a wonderful old Beijing culture learning experience.

Highlights

  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Your tour guide will meet you at the Bell Tower, and you will start your tour in Black Sesame Hutong neighborhood. Then. you will visit a local Hutong family where you can learn Peking Opera Mask Painting. The host is not only good at Peking Opera Mask Painting but also Chinese Calligraphy. During the painting class, the host will explain to you the Peking Opera history and each character's story behind. In additional, you will be shared the life and culture in Hutong.

After your painting class, you will visit the Hutong area and some major attractions by Rickshaw (two people share one Rickshaw). There are so many things to see, like Mansion Garden of Prince Gong, the Former Residence of Song Qinling, the Buddhist Temple, the beautiful Shi Cha Lake, Lama Temple, Confucian temple, and etc.

If you want a lunch or dinner within the tour, there is an option for you to have dinning experience with Hutong family where you can enjoy a traditional local meal.

Inclusions

Tea in Hutong family house

Peak Opera Mask Painting Class

Hotel pickup within 4 Rings Beijing only

Exclusions

Entrance fees to attractions

Rickshaw fees

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel drop-off

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Local meal plan is available in tour option

Dress code is casual

Free hotel pick up within 4 Rings. If your hotel is outside of 4 Rings Beijing, please arrange your own transportation to the pointed meeting place.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 26-Feb-2018

    We thought that you will get some background Information on the Hutongs and the Opera Mask Painting. This was not the case. Instead they wanted to sell us additional tours over and over... We refused and the tour ended after 90 minutes. This was not worth the money. Better do it on your own.

  • 05-Oct-2017

    Only went for two hours and that included the tea ceremony. Very little info provided. Storm was helpful in finding my next destination though...

  • 06-Jul-2017

    A one-to-one tour of the Hutong in Beijing. Met at hotel, escorted to the site. Shown around by Li who is well linked to the locals, he explained the area and arranged for the pedicab tour, painting opera mask, and the tea ceremony. Safe, friendly, and good value. Sunday was a good day and the locals were home visiting family....

  • 14-Apr-2017

    The mask painting was relaxing and fun while the Hutong tour was eye-opening. My round of applause and thanks to our guide Storm, driver Vicky and the gentle opera mask painting teacher. They each participated in making this an enjoyable tour.

  • 17-Mar-2017

    Roger did a great job! We learned a lot during our tour and had fun painting the masks. The food was delicious and the interaction with the family was a lot of fun.