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Our Programs That Include Hutong Tour and
Pedicab Rickshaw Ride

Recently, Reuters listed 25 places to see before they are changed. Beijing Hutong is at #11.  While many of the older and more traditional hutong communities in Shanghai have disappeared, Beijing has managed to preserve large sections of hutongs. Long term, however, only a small fraction of these are likely to be saved.

So, when you tour to Beijing, you can't miss the tour for a Hutong Rickshaw Ride.



Bus Tour H1 to Hutong


*Half day: Hutong and Courtyard
*1-day: Hutong, Lama Temple, Houhai
*1-day: Hutong, Panda House, Drum Tower, Confucian Temple
* 2-day and more multiple-day tours also include tour to Hutong. Please visit our Beijing Tours page.





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Beijing Tour Guide: Hutong Tour and Hutong Pedicab Rickshaw

old lanes, old city and old lifestyle - Is this Beijing? Yes, it is Beijing in the past.


Life in Hutong

When visiting Beijing, the 'real' cultural center lies within the hutongs. This is where local Beijingers live their lives not knowing what is going on in Beijing itself, sometimes. You will find really down to Earth good locals amazed at you visiting as a Waiguoren, or foreigners. These people are hard working people who will be delighted to meet you.

Hutong is a typical lane or small street in Beijing that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). "Hutong" is a Mongolian word, meaning "water well". During that time, water well is the settlement around which people lived. There are thousands of hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City. In the past, Beijing was composed of countless courtyards. Hutongs were formed when people left a passageway between two courtyards to make entering them more convenient.

Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.

Hutong represents an important culture element of Beijing city. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing.

As the symbol of Beijing City, a hutong has its own layout and structure, which makes it a wonder in the world. When taking a bird's eye view of Beijing, you will find the combination of hutongs and courtyards just like an orderly chessboard with delicate gardens, fine rockeries, and ancient ruins. Hutongs have witnessed the development of Beijing. Where there is a hutong, there is a story.

Hutong Pedicab Rickshaw

Each hutongs are unique to another and is growing in popularity as it is more community oriented. Many foreign expats, also, are wanting to relocate within the hutongs for security and for the community environment. A famous hutong where many rickshaw tours are held are in the Houhai area.

Hutong Pedicab Rickshaw Tours

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