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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
From $118.00
 
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
A hutong is an ancient...

HUTONGS
A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming(1368-1628) and Qing(1644-1908) dynasties. In the prime of these dynasties the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty.

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SirRichard
Aug 25, 2002

A TOUR OF THE 'HUTONG' (small...

A TOUR OF THE 'HUTONG' (small avenue)

Nowadays, there are organized tours of Beijing hutongs for foreign tourists.

You can make reservation at the Beijing Hutong Culture Development Company, or buy at your own hotel.

You will be taken by pedicab (a tricycle cab),which was very common to the old days to see the Bell and Drum Towers, one or two former palaces of the imperial princes, some interesting hutongs and even to pay a visit to an ordinary Beijing family in the compound houses.

If you are there at a meat time, you may be invited to a family 'banquet' with local dishes.

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Chris_Dahlia
Aug 24, 2002

SI HE YUAN

Traditionally most...

SI HE YUAN

Traditionally most urban Chinese used to live in quadrangles called siheyuan or 'four-side enclosed courtyards.' These courts, as the name implies, are formed by inward-facing houses on four sides, closed in by enclosure walls.
Not only residences but ancient palaces, government offices, temples and monasteries were built basically on the pattern of the siheyuan, a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture.

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Chris_Dahlia
Aug 24, 2002

We walked around the old back...

We walked around the old back lanes called Futong. Since each house has a wall at the entrance, we could not see the inner situation of the house. They are made of bricks and cement and looked very old. Most of them are decaying gradually, so they are replacing a new building in many areas.

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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See the Hutongs in a motorcycle sidecar!

For visitors looking for a fun way to experience Beijing's hutong, you should consider doing a motorcycle sidecar tour. I know someone who recently started a company called Peking-Around (www.peking-around.com) that does small tours and can cater to your needs. Motorcycles can swiftly squeeze into little-seen areas of the city, not to mention race past Beijing's gridlocked traffic. The company does small tours with local ex-pat guides and can cater to your needs! You can read more about it at www.peking-around.com

cindysun
Oct 16, 2011

Hutong tour...

Great experience... you get to know how the chinese really live in their hutongs...

Highly interesting, but arrange a price before starting.

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ahoerner
Apr 04, 2011

Visit With the Locals

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Ladyplus
Apr 04, 2011

This 18th century Bell Tower...

This 18th century Bell Tower replaces the original which was built on this site at the same time as the Drum Tower.

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o00o
Aug 25, 2002

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"The Northern Capital"
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"Beijing"
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"Beijing - Imperial Peking"
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"My wonderful Beijing"
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Bell and DrumTower
In both...

Bell and DrumTower
In both buildings a very steep stairs with 75 steps is leading up to the top where you enjoy a great view of the city

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rebibi
Aug 24, 2002

If you want to know the real...

If you want to know the real old Beijing,you must visit the 'hutong's.They are dated from 900 years ago.They are very narrow streets in the city center,showing a daily Beijng.

gogogigi
Aug 24, 2002

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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