4-Hour Private Layover Tour: Beijing Old Hutong

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Coincides with flight arrival and departure time
  • Departure Details :
    Beijing Capital International Airport
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Get a taster of life in old Beijing on this mini walking tour, tailored to fit a 4-hour layover, with private guide and personal driver. You'll visit glistening lakes linked by scenic bridges, stroll through ancient 'hutong' alleyways, and explore the impressive Drum and Bell Towers, icons of Beijing's old city.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • All entrance fees included
  • Airport transfer

Know More about this tour

Your private guide and driver will greet you at the luggage carousels in the airport when your flight arrives, holding a sign with your name printed on it. Hop into the climate-controlled vehicle for the 30-minute drive to Beijing's historic hutong area, the web of low-rise alleyways that's an icon of old Beijing.

You'll alight atthe scenic Shichahai lake district. Admire the elegant curves of the historic Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Qiao) that links Qianhai and Houhai lakes. Drink in the atmosphere as locals chat, drink, and relax around the lake, sometimes with wood pigeons cooing overhead.

From here, it's just a short stroll to Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie), a quaint 800-year-old hutong that used to be known for sellers of long-stemmed pipes.

Take your time to imbibe the atmosphere as you walk a couple of minutes to the Drum Tower, one of a pair of iconic structures that used to help Beijingers tell the time. It's home to a fascinating museum of Chinese timepieces, from incense clocks to water clocks.

Facing it is its opposite number, the Bell Tower. It's still home to China's largest bell, which is 23 feet (7 meters) high and weighs more than 20 tons (tonnes).

Once you've finished exploring the towers with your guide, your driver will bring you back to the airport to catch your onward flight.

Inclusions

  • Private tour
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport in climate-controlledvehicle

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler

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