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Back Lakes (Hou Hai) Tours and Activities

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Located in the Xicheng District in central Beijing, Back Lakes (Houhai) is a neighborhood and one of the three lakes that make up Shichahai, along with Front Lake (Qianhai) and West Lake (Xihai). This popular area is known for its lakes, traditional hutongs (alleys) and courtyards, and a lively mix of trendy boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

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Hanfu Experience at Beihai Park and Hutong plus Houhai Lake Boat Ride

Hanfu Experience at Beihai Park and Hutong plus Houhai Lake Boat Ride

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Travel to Beihai Park, one of China’s most well-preserved imperial gardens, with a guide during this private tour where you can choose to wear traditional Hanfu clothing. Along with the trip to the park, you’ll stop by the Houhai Lake area to learn about the region’s history before hopping aboard a boat at Shichahai Scenic Resort for a cruise. This guided tour from Beijing includes round-trip transport, a meal, and five photos from the day to take home as souvenirs.    Please note: When booking, specify your height and weight if you'd like to dress in provided Hanfu attire.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.00
Price varies by group size
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$168.00
Price varies by group size

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

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Take advantage of your long Beijing layover with a private chauffeured transfer to the Great Wall and city center. Enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.  After arrival at PEK airport, your driver is ready to take you to your chosen attractions. Relax in private transportation for the duration of the tour and return to the airport with ample time to catch your flight.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Beijing Virtual Tour

Beijing Virtual Tour

Particularly for the lovers who desires to travel in 2020. Say no to hustlers and discover Forbidden City safely with Beijing virtual tour. Spend 2 Hours quality time with your experienced tour guide. Explore the most charming golden palace anywhere. Receive zoom conference code 1 day ahead of the time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.80
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$24.80

4-Hour Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Authentic Chinese Dinner on Hutong Street

4-Hour Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Authentic Chinese Dinner on Hutong Street

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Under the cloak of darkness, Beijing transforms into an illuminated wonderland. This private 4-hour tour allows you to experience the Chinese capital by night and includes an authentic meal from a restaurant of your choice. See Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and Beijing National Stadium lit up and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
Price varies by group size

Flexible Beijing City Tour with Chinese Ink and Brush Painting Class and Lunch

Flexible Beijing City Tour with Chinese Ink and Brush Painting Class and Lunch

See Beijing how you’d like to see it—with choices galore—during this 8 hours private tour that allows you to customize your own day’s itinerary and choose your own lunch, too. Explore the Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Houhai lake area, Beihai Park, or see some of the unique food choices of Chinese Cuisine at the local Hutong allays. In additional, you will spend 1 hour in the personal studio at Nanxincang Culture and Leisure Street to learn the traditional Chinese Ink and Brush Painting with a master. Tour includes entrance fee, lunch and Beijing city hotel pick up.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$211.20
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$211.20
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Bike Beijing Night Tour

Bike Beijing Night Tour

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Discover the quieter side of Beijing on a 3-hour evening bike tour with an expert guide. Admire the city sights at night as you bike through Tiananmen Square and along the moat of the Forbidden City. See the illuminated National Theater, and take in the lively nightlife and lush environs of Houhai Lakes. Hear about Beijing's history from your informative guide, and stop to taste favorite local snacks on this fun and fascinating bike tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.34
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$63.34

Beijing Imperial Dining Experience at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant with Houhai Lake Bar Tour

Beijing Imperial Dining Experience at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant with Houhai Lake Bar Tour

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Celebrate an evening in Beijing in imperial style with this 4-hour dinner and evening sightseeing experience. Travel by private vehicle to the famous Bai Jia Da Yuan restaurant, housed in a Qing-era palace surrounded by exotic gardens. Enjoy an imperial-inspired dinner entertained by live Chinese opera cameos, and then enjoy a sightseeing drive around some of Beijing’s top landmarks. Finish with a tour of lively, lakeside Houhai street, including a bar stop for a beer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
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$248.00
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Private Beijing Night Tour with Royal Cuisine Dining Experience and Performances

Private Beijing Night Tour with Royal Cuisine Dining Experience and Performances

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Beneath the cloak of darkness, Beijing erupts into a riot of neon-lit color. Enjoy a personalized experience of China’s capital on a private evening tour that includes a VIP dining experience and a performance. Feast on a Chinese set menu and watch a performance featuring opera, face-changing, and acrobatics. Then, visit the Olympic Village (Olympic Green), Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Yandaixiejie Hutong, and Houhai Lake. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.00
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$156.00
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Taking safety measures

2- Day Beijing Private Tour

2- Day Beijing Private Tour

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Discover Beijing’s top attractions, visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and travel in the company of a private guide: this 2-day tour offers a seamless introduction to the Chinese capital. On your first day, discover the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and go for a rickshaw ride of the city’s historical hutongs. On day two, you’ll explore the Mutianyu Great Wall and will visit the Summer Palace. Most entry fees, lunch, and round-trip transit are included in the cost.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Houhai Lake Running Tour

Houhai Lake Running Tour

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The tour will approximately take between one and two hours. We will run and sight for 10 kilometers in one of the most attractive and cultural places of Beijing , passing through hutongs, imperial parks and temples. Around the Houhai Lake, place where many people hang out and relax during summer time ; where many skaters enjoy the iced lake in winter.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.67
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$42.67

Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

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Watch Beijing light up for the night on a nighttime sightseeing tour of China’s capital city. Travel with a private guide in a comfortable vehicle to see Tiananmen Square, and admire the dramatic architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarters and Beijing National Stadium. Explore a maze of food stalls at the Donghuamen Night Market and Wangfujing Night Market; discover some great local bars around Houhai Lake, and check out the colorfully lit Central Business District shopping centers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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$98.00
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Tianjin Port to Beijing Private 2-Day Tour Include Mutianyu Great Wall

Tianjin Port to Beijing Private 2-Day Tour Include Mutianyu Great Wall

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An all-inclusive 2-day shore excursion from Tianjin Port to Beijing ensures that you don’t miss a thing in China’s capital city, even if you’re traveling on a short time frame. Travel in a private luxury vehicle to top Beijing attractions such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Mutianyu Great Wall along with your personal guide, stopping to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch every day between activities. This tour includes all transportation, entrance fees, some meals, and tour guide services.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$500.00
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$500.00
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Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

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Discover Beijing’s scenic side on this private half-day tour by bike and metro. Visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City; enjoy a delicious Chinese-style lunch overlooking Shichahai Lake; then glide around Houhai Lake on a leisurely bike tour. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.00
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$118.00
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Beijing Hutong Night Tour with Yunnan Style Dinner and Chartered Boat Ride at Houhai Lake

Beijing Hutong Night Tour with Yunnan Style Dinner and Chartered Boat Ride at Houhai Lake

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Enjoy three experiences in one night with this guided tour that blends food and romance. Dine at Little Yunnan Restaurant near the Forbidden City and then head to Shica Lak Park to board your chartered boat. Sip tea and indulge in some snacks while floating along to Houhai Lake. Finish the evening with a walk among the unique shops of Xie Street (Hutong).  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.00
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$198.00
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3-Hour Private Hutong Walking Tour with Drum Show at Drum Tower and Tea Tasting

3-Hour Private Hutong Walking Tour with Drum Show at Drum Tower and Tea Tasting

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Explore the hutongs of Beijing on a private walking tour that introduces you to these narrow streets and alleys typical of this part of China. You'll walk around Houhai Lake and along Yandai Xie Street (aka Tobacco Pipe Street), plus watch a drumming performance and enjoy a tea ceremony at Bell and Drum Towers.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.00
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$72.00
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Private Beijing Shopping Tour

Private Beijing Shopping Tour

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Shop until you drop while in Beijing, accompanied by an expert guide who takes you to the best spots to find the items you want during your private 6-hour tour. No need to worry about transportation or other logistics, simply tell your guide where you’d like to go and store your purchases in your private vehicle. Your guide can customize the itinerary to your interests, whether you want to shop for clothing, electronics, housewares or other goods. Options include the Hongqiao (Pearl) Market, Liulichang Antique Market (Liulichang Xijie) and Maliandao Tea Market.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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$116.00
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Private Night Tour: Beijing Illuminated with Dim Sum Dinner

Private Night Tour: Beijing Illuminated with Dim Sum Dinner

With a population of more than 21 million people, the bustling city of Beijing can seem intimidating to explore to some. This private 4-hour night tour shows you the ins and out of the city, while getting you around the crowds. See famous areas like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Stop for a dim sum dinner before heading over to catch a glimpse of Beijing National Stadium and the China World Trade Center.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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$132.00
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Beijing Private Tai Chi Class and Bike Tour at Houhai Lake

Beijing Private Tai Chi Class and Bike Tour at Houhai Lake

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Pick up from your Beijing city hotel, enjoy a memorable 1 hour Tai Chi class on the banks of the Shicha Hai Lake. Practice some basic Tai Chi movements with a master, learns through clear communication, practice and feedback. Then glide around Houhai Lake and Hutong allays on a leisurely bike tour. Beijing city hotel pick up is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.20
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$147.20
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3-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City, Great Wall, Hutong and Lunch

3-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City, Great Wall, Hutong and Lunch

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Discover the best of Beijing and Imperial China on a private, three-day tour of the city’s top highlights, from Tian’anmen Square to the Great Wall of China. With an expert guide to take care of the details, you’ll be free to immerse yourself in Beijing history, culture, and cuisine, exploring the city at your own pace. This three-day tour includes lunch each day, all transport in a private vehicle, and entrance fees, plus a dragon boat ride at the Summer Palace during warm months.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$518.00
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$518.00
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Private Customized Beijing Layover Tour of City Highlights

Private Customized Beijing Layover Tour of City Highlights

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Why waste time sitting around Beijing Airport on your next long layover when you can head straight out to the city to explore the sites. With this flexible private tour you can pick spots that interest you, depending on how much time you have, and your guide will prepare an itinerary just for you!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.00
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$148.00
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Imperial Beijing

Imperial Beijing

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Discover Beijing by Night on this spooky trip through the back street Hutongs. Perhaps you'll see a ghost or maybe just a ferret running across the rooftops. Riding in Old Beijing at night is a real treat, not to be taken for granted. The low lit Hutongs become mysterious and mesmerising. On this adventure, you'll see many of the iconic landmarks in the city, or at least the silhouettes of the landmarks. As the lights go out, there is a whole new feel to Beijing and it's our favourite time to be out! Beijing comes alive at night time and you will see and feel the warm and welcoming nature in Old Beijing and the locals who live here. Every evening people will come out to play, sing and dance in the Night. You can even join in if you've got the moves. This is an adventure that our guides love the most, because of its unique feel that you simply cannot get anywhere else.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.47
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$63.47

Private Beijing Night Tour with Hutong Family Dinner and Back Lakes Boat Cruise

Private Beijing Night Tour with Hutong Family Dinner and Back Lakes Boat Cruise

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Explore the heart of Beijing, including its old ‘hutong’ quarters on this private evening tour. See the Bell and Drum Towers, and discover hutong alleyways and courtyard homes as you learn about life here. Savor dinner in a family home and enjoy a private rowing boat cruise on the Back Lakes (Houhai), complete with tea, snacks, and traditional lute or zither music. Central hotel pickup and drop-off, and private minivan transport included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.00
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$195.00
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Beijing Private 2-Day Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

Beijing Private 2-Day Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

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The perfect mix of independent and all-inclusive, this jam-packed, two-day tour of Beijing’s top sights picks you up from your hotel each morning to tour China’s history-filled capital. Tick off all the city’s highlights, from a guided visit to the Forbidden City to a rickshaw tour of a traditional Hutong.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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$375.00
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4-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Bike Tour with Dumpling Lunch

4-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Bike Tour with Dumpling Lunch

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There’s no better way to discover traditional Beijing life in authentic “hutong” neighborhoods than with a private guide. This door-to-door private bike tour combines the well-known attractions with less-visited lanes where locals still go about their daily lives. Besides Nanluoguxiang, Back Lakes, and Yandai Xie Street, see a drum show at the Drum Tower, enjoy a dumpling lunch, and visit some newly renovated “hutong” beside the Grand Canal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Back Lakes (Hou Hai) costs USD 24.80. Guided Back Lakes (Hou Hai) tours start around USD 24.80 per person. See all 287 Back Lakes (Hou Hai) tickets and tours on Viator.
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