Tour Type: Private tour
Dates and Times: (9:00am – 12:30pm) Available any day
Activities: Home style lunch and hutong tour
Pick-up point and time: Your home/hotel around 9:00am
Finishing point and time: Your home/hotel around 12:30pm
Price from: US$49 per person
9:00am – Pick from your midtown home/hotel in Beijing and have a private transfer to the 300-year old courtyard in the Shichahai Area .
Arrive at the old courtyard and begin a half hour visit inside. With the help of your English speaking tour guide of the courtyard, you will have a detailed explanation of the old courtyard ( Siheyuan ) – its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved.
After visiting the old courtyard, take a 30-minute pedicab drive through the zigzag and narrow alleys or hutongs. Two people share one rickshaw. You are not supposed to tip the pedicab driver since the tour cost includes the tip.
10:00am – 10:30am – Drop off at the the Silver Ingot Bridge( Yinding Bridge ), a narrow channel joining Qianhai Lake and the Houhai Lake, the hub of Shichhai area with surrounding quiet hutongs. Walking along the Yandai Xiejie( Tobacco Pipe Lean Street ), a quaint 800-year-old hutong located directly north of Yinding Bridge between Qianhai and Houhai and the south of the Drum Tower, used to be well-known for sellers of long-stemmed pipes, hence the name.
10:30am – 11:00am – Before experiencing the local hutong food lunch, you will pass by Beijing’s Bell Tower and Drum Tower. They are visibly prominent constructions and represent the symbol of this old city. They were originally built in 1272. You will have outside visits to the two high towers （entrance tickets not included).
Home style lunch
11:00 – 12:00 – You are arranged in a private and traditional Siheyuan (courtyard) and have a home-style lunch . After lunch, you are transferred back to your downtown home/hotel around 12:30pm.