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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
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Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Hutongs Tips (9)

Outdoor sporting

On my numerous visits to hutongs around Beijing, I came upon these bright yellow outdoor fitness machines.

They are all free of course and I just thought it is a very good idea as I see young and old people doing physical exercise. We can find them in a lot of hutongs, on the streets. I have even tried a few of them and they are like the ones we can find in indoor fitness centres.

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Lemonita
Jul 30, 2003

Playing chinese chess on the street

When walking around in Beijing, especially in hutongs or by the lakes, we would see a lot of old people getting together to play cards, majiang, chinese chess or dominoes.

If you speak Mandarin, you can talk to them as old people are very friendly and they would even explain the rules of the games for you.

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Lemonita
Oct 22, 2003

Repair your bike

One of the best ways to tour hutongs is by bike. Biking in Beijing is not as dangerous as it may seem, there is no need to be afraid of the huge flow of traffic. Once you get used to it, you would know how to bike.

If there is a problem with your bike, you would find people to repair it almost everywhere...

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Lemonita
Jul 30, 2003

Hutong pedi-taxi

We felt like we were in the amazing race when we rounded the corner and all these uniformed bike drivers were there waiting to take us through the village. It felt a little silly but it was fun and relaxing being driven around through the narrow streets.

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easterntrekker
Oct 30, 2007
 
 
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Fishing

Local people, especially old ones like to fish... Whenever there is a lake, you would undoubtly find a bunch of old men fishing...

This picture has been taking by Xihai, the norht lake, of the three lakes near Beihai Park.

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Lemonita
Aug 02, 2003

PEOPLE

It is very interesting...

PEOPLE

It is very interesting to walk around the old neighbourhoods of Beijing (to the south of Tiananmen) through the narrow alleys (hutongs) and see the people. Chinese people live a lot in the street. They eat there, playthere, chat there. They can even invite you to their home for a tea!

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SirRichard
Aug 25, 2002

the gates

Red as a color of positive affirmation in China is one the ways to articulate otherwise solid, colorless walls of the buildings or as in this case, one of the gates to a residence in a hutong - a traditional living structure of homes and lanes as a homogenous unit of the city. The things as such are like 'village' within megacity, shelter of closed and conservative societies within their own set of rules and traditions.

The hutongs are being rapidly 'replaced' in many areas, but since they are also of great interest for tourists, there are some that might gonna have better future than otherwise, but the question of content will then arise. Will they remain as living units for local population, or will they become part of the 'business'?

If there is place in the world with vertigo speed of change, then it is obviously Beijing and for best evidence it's good to visit it, to see it once again very different than you used to know.

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picek
Feb 16, 2011

Siheyuan in Beijing

Dwelling compounds or quadrangles (Siheyuan) in Beijing are one important aspect of the city's architectural heritage.
Beijing's dwelling compounds are generally rectangular, with the four sides squarely facing the cardinal points. Almost every dwelling compound is surrounded by high walls, with an open courtyard in the centre. The buildings on four sides are usually one storey high.

Nowadays, these peaceful quadrangles are hard to find in Beijing.

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sunnywong
Nov 15, 2002

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"Beijing - Imperial Peking"
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"My wonderful Beijing"
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Bike Repair Shops

Because of the many bikes in China, there are many bike repair shops set up along the street. This one was near the Yangfang Hutong

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geekgrrl
Jun 12, 2004

Things to Do Near Beijing

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Beihai Park

a tibetan Buddhist stupa in the Tibetan buddhist temple in Qiuongha Island in Behai Park called the Dagoba by Tibetans and Bai Tai by Han Chinese, built by Qing Emperor Shunzhi in 1751, made the Behai...
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Church of the Saviour - North Church - XiShiKu Church

Not too sure about the spelling there, but it should come out to something like that. This church, a little bit west of Beihai Park, is one of the most beautiful in Beijing. During certain times, you...
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Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is directly north of Forbidden Palace. Most people visit the park in early mornings and day time. However, i recommend taking some time to visit the park in the evening as well. A lot...
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Forbidden City - The Palace Museum

A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by your guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant...
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Back Lakes - Hou Hai

Shichahai is comprised of three lakes, Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai. Situated just above Beihai Park, there are many restaurants and bars along a quiet roads that run around the lake. Along the lake you...
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Nanluoguxiang

This is the street and area to stay if you are on a budget in Beijing. I liked the street, it is located in an old area of Beijing. You have everything there, hostels at affordable prices in...
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