Beijing's Present And Past: Olympic Park And Hutong Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
    Dates: Daily
    Return point: Returns to original departure point.. 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

On this guided full-day trip, see Beijings incredible modern architecture at the Olympic Park, the site of the 2008 Olympic Games. Explore the site of the opening and closing ceremonies at the Birds Nest and see the site of the aquatic competitions at the Water Cube. Get a feel for Old Beijing as you ride in a rickshaw down the hutongs the narrow streets of Beijing. Visit the home of a Chinese family with your local guide and sample fragrant Chinese tea at a tea tasting.

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

On this full-day tour of Beijings past and present, experience Beijings Mix of tradition and innovation as you visit the Olympic Park and Old Beijings hutongs (narrow streets).

In the morning, youll be picked up from your hotel by your guide and transported to the Olympic Park, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Admire the architectural beauty of the Beijing National stadium, also known as the Birds Nest. The Swiss and Chinese architects who designed the stadium intended it to look like a large nest with exposed steel structures. Walk inside the Birds Nest and see the massive interior with a capacity for 91,000 spectators!

Adjacent to the Birds Nest is the National aquatics center, also known as the Water Cube. This site hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events during the 2008 Olympics, and has since been converted into a water amusement park. Get a feel for the excitement during the Olympics as you walk around the Olympic Park.

Then, enjoy lunch at a Chinese restaurant before exploring the hutongs Beijings narrow streets. Depart from the Drum and Bell Tower and drive down the alleyways by rickshaw. See the traditional courtyard homes and elderly men playing mahjong (a four-player tile game) on the streets. On your way, stop and visit the home of a Chinese family with your local guide. Interact with the local people and see the traditional Chinese way of life.

Finish off your tour with a tea tasting at a tea shop on one of the citys many hutongs. Experience the traditional Beijing tea culture and learn about the different varieties of Chinese tea. Then, enjoy a relaxing drive back to your hotel.

Inclusions

Chinese style lunch

Transport by air-conditioned coach/mini-van

Hutong rickshaw ride

Professional English-speaking tour guide

Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway

If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 07:30AM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)

Entry/Admission - Olympic Park

Entry/Admission - Water Cube

Entry/Admission - National Indoor Stadium

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 30-Jun-2013

    What a waste of time, really not sure what we paid for with this tour. The guide picked us up from hotel took us to Hutong and passed us over to another guide and driver who took us thru Huntong area we then had to pay the guide and the driver. The Hutong guide was excellent but I dont know why we were not told that we would have a 2nd guide and driver that we had to pay as well. We then had to go to tea ceremony,Lunch was terrible as usual on these tours. We then went to the Olympic park where we got to walk around the stadium we asked about going in but were told we would have to but tickets which we did and went in alone. This tour is a joke, as I

  • 27-Apr-2013

    Beijing's Hutong neighborhood of small alleys is too small for a tour bus, and, really, too small even for automobiles; rickshaw is the ideal mode of transportation. The opportunity to visit a real home in this neighborhood is extraordinary. It turns out that the Olympic Aquatic Center "Water Cube" provides public swimming sessions, either in a family-style water park, or for lap swimmers in the "warm-up" pool; had I been prepared, I would have left the tour at the end for a swim!