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Drum Tower (Gulou) Tours and Activities

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The Beijing Drum Tower (Gulou) stands just south of its sibling, the Bell Tower (Zhonglou), in the Beijing district that bears its name. First built in the 13th century, the striking red structure has been rebuilt several times. It originally held 25 drums that kept time for the city, and today it hosts regular drumming performances.

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3-Hour Beijing Hutong Bike Tour

3-Hour Beijing Hutong Bike Tour

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Bike through Beijing’s historic hutongs with an experienced guide on a leisurely 3-hour tour that provides an intimate look at the old city. Learn about the history and traditions of the hutongs as you pedal through atmospheric districts and view top sites such as the Forbidden City, the park outside the Imperial City walls, Tiananmen Square, Drum and Bell Towers, Houhai Lakes and more. Hear how modern development has encroached on the hutongs, and glimpse the past and future of Beijing on a fun and fascinating bike tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.90
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$60.90

Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

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Do you want to have fun in Beijing and see its the Old Towns true beauty? Then riding an An eBike is without doubt the most exciting and eyeopening way to see Beijing! Do you want to learn about Beijing's History and Culture? We love to talk with all our guests and teach them in a fun and interactive way. Do you want some high quality photos to take away with you to remember your adventure? We provide free photography throughout our adventure for you to reminisce when you're back home. We live in the heart of Old Beijing and we know how to discover the best of Old Beijing, like a local. Together we will see many of the Hutongs, which are the heart of Old Beijing. We'll visit lots of the epic landmarks and most importantly, you'll have a lot of fun! Riding these back streets (Hutongs) of Old Beijing is an awesome experience, where you'll see some pretty interesting things and it's always a very unique experiences each and every time. We also offer private experiences upon request.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.40
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$62.40

Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour

Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour

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Beijing is a great place to sample typical Chinese cuisine, but most visitors only eat in the main tourist areas. This small-group tasting tour takes you along the twisting backstreets of Beijing’s atmospheric hutong neighborhoods for a delicious breakfast. Savor traditional treats such as "baozi" (steamed buns), "jianbing" (crepes), silken tofu, and almond pudding.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.34
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$69.34
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Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

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Weave your way around charming streets and ancient alleys (hutongs) on a rickshaw tour of Beijing. Clamber into your traditional mode of transport and discover an alternative side of Beijing; see locals going about daily life and marvel at spectacular sights like Drum Tower. Visit a local home to gain insight into ancient Chinese customs and culture and sip aromatic tea collected from local plantations. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.67
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$58.67
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Half-Day Private Beijing Hutong Walking Tour with Dim Sum

Half-Day Private Beijing Hutong Walking Tour with Dim Sum

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Beijing’s hutong feel much more atmospheric with a private guide on hand to tell their stories and answer all your questions. Experience big-ticket highlights such as the Bell and Drum Towers, Yandai Xie Street, Back Lakes, and Yinding Bridge alongside lesser-known courtyards on this door-to-door tour. Along the way, try bubble tea, red bean dessert, and “mantou” buns, then dine (or lunch) on the best dim sum in town.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour

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See Beijing's top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites on a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable guide who shares detailed commentary on contemporary and imperial China. Visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, stopping to admire the ancient city's Ming-era architecture and learn about the powerful Chinese emperor. Your guide sheds light on China's history with your small group, which is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience, and includes subway transport, entrance fees and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.30
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$71.30
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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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Private Night Tour: Discover Beijing in Bustling Lights

Private Night Tour: Discover Beijing in Bustling Lights

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There’s no better way to see Beijing by night than from a car. This private transport service ensures you see the sights—and the lights—without struggling with taxis or waiting for strangers. Following a fixed itinerary with photo stops, discover Beijing ancient and modern—from the Forbidden City to the Olympic site, from Back Lakes to Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV building.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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3-Day Private Tour of Beijing UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Peking Duck+Show

3-Day Private Tour of Beijing UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Peking Duck+Show

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Join an expert guide for a private tour of Beijing’s most fascinating destinations and UNESCO Sites, from the Forbidden City to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. With a private guide to take care of the details, you can focus on exploring Beijing history, culture, wildlife, and cuisine, hassle-free. This three-day private tour includes all transport by private vehicle, meals and entrance fees per itinerary, and daily hotel transfers, and it’s the perfect way to experience Beijing at its most remarkable.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$508.00
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$508.00
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Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

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For this specialized private two-day tour, walk less and save time. On the first day, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beijing Hutong, and Temple of Heaven. On the second day, visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and the Bird’s Nest. The cable car of Mutianyu takes you directly to the Great Wall and the dragon boat of the Summer Palace takes you to see the most beautiful Wanshou Mountain (additional break for your legs.) Tour includes tasty local lunch, all entrance fee, a friendly English-speaking guide and transport by private vehicle.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Private Tour-Beijing by Bike at Night

Private Tour-Beijing by Bike at Night

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Explore the winding streets of Beijing on a 3-hour private bike tour with an experienced guide. Admire the illuminated city at night as you bike along Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Cycle down Nanluoguxiang Alley to see trendy shops built along Beijing’s ancient alleys, and enjoy the lush environment of Shichahai Lake and Jingshan Park. Hear stories about Beijing's history and contemporary life from your informative guide, and enjoy frequent stops for photo ops. Your guide ensures a safe, fun and fascinating tour of Beijing by bike.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.03
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$110.03
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Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

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If you have a layover in Beijing, use your time to see the city's highlights on this private tour. Hit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Great Wall in a full day, maximizing your time by traveling in a private vehicle. Pickup and drop-off according to your flight schedule at Beijing International Airport, lunch included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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$202.00
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2-Day Private Beijing Tour: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong

2-Day Private Beijing Tour: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong

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Discover the highlights of Beijing with a private guide during a 2-day sightseeing tour. See four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace. You’ll also have an option to see a Chinese acrobatics show, and get a feel for local life during a rickshaw tour of a hutong (traditional neighborhood) followed by lunch in a private home. This private tour includes two lunches, private transportation, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off, while you get to select your accommodation.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$338.00
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$338.00
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Private Beijing 3-Day Tour

Private Beijing 3-Day Tour

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Hit the highlights of Beijing without the hassles of planning on this multi-day private sightseeing trip. Customize your own itinerary: choose between ten different destinations, from the Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo to centuries-old royal mausoleums at Ming Tombs. You’ll also cover classic standbys like the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall, which you can experience by toboggan or chair-lift ride.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$530.00
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$530.00
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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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4-Full Day Private Beijing Tour Including All Main Highlights

4-Full Day Private Beijing Tour Including All Main Highlights

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Experience Beijing on this private 4- full day tour of capital of China, amazing tour itinerary for clients taking personalized experience. Over four days, you’ll visit the most impressive Beijing sites such as Great wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square , Temple of Heaven and Gubei water town tour, private van & driver, English speaking guide, entrance fees and hotel transfer are included.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$830.00
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$830.00
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Tiananmen Square ,Forbidden City, Hutong Rickshaw ,Summer Palace Private Tour

Tiananmen Square ,Forbidden City, Hutong Rickshaw ,Summer Palace Private Tour

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Hit the Beijing highlights in just a day with the help of a private guide and driver on this time-saving door-to-door tour. See the sights of Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City palace complex, and stroll the gardens and pavilions of the Summer Palace. Along the way, ride a rickshaw through the “hutong” alleyways around Back Lakes to meet a local family, and enjoy a dragon boat cruise.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.00
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$166.00
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Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch/Dinner

Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch/Dinner

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Walk around Beijing’s imperial parks and 'hutongs' (old quarters) on this private 7-hour tour. Climb Jingshan Hill for panoramas over the Forbidden City, and explore the imperial gardens of Beihai Park. Ride a boat here (April to November only), and savor an imperial-style lunch at Beihai’s Fangshan restaurant. Plus, visit a family home on a guided stroll around the hutongs, and watch a drum-beating ceremony at the Drum Tower. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.00
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$198.00
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4-Hour Private Walking Tour to Beijing Hutong including Drum and Bell Tower

4-Hour Private Walking Tour to Beijing Hutong including Drum and Bell Tower

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The soul of Beijing lies in its hutong, a web of narrow alleyways and single-story courtyard houses. Get a perspective that’s impossible to achieve independently on this private walking tour, which includes a meet-and-greet with a local family in their home. Along the way, visit the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Nanluoguxiang, Yandai Xie Street, and Shichahai: your private guide will accompany you to and from your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.00
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$76.00
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Private Hutong Culture Tour with Dumpling Cooking Class plus Cricket Fighting Game

Private Hutong Culture Tour with Dumpling Cooking Class plus Cricket Fighting Game

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Explore the centuries-old 'hutongs' of Beijing, including a rickshaw ride down the narrow alleys. Visit temples and get a bird's-eye view from atop the Drum Tower. Other highlights on this private tour include learning to make dumplings, watching cricket fighting, and eating authentic food with a local family.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.00
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$188.00
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Beijing 3 Day Private in-depth Tour with All Attractions

Beijing 3 Day Private in-depth Tour with All Attractions

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See the best of Beijing in 2-days by opting for this action-packed private tour. Take the stress out of planning transport by having hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers included. You’ll travel between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary. Places you’ll visit include Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, and Summer Palace.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$568.00
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$568.00
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Calligraphy and Dumpling Cooking Classes Private Half Day Tour

Calligraphy and Dumpling Cooking Classes Private Half Day Tour

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This 5-hour private tour allows you to become acquainted with Chinese calligraphy and cooking with two classes. First take a 1.5-hour calligraphy class in the Hutong area, and learn how to do the basic strokes for Chinese writing. Then, hit up the market for ingredients before popping into the home of a local family to cook up (and eat) delicious Chinese dumplings.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Beijing Private Walking Tour By Public Transport

Beijing Private Walking Tour By Public Transport

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1, Beijing - an intoxicating mix of ancient and modern China. You will perform as a local who lives here to experience a real Beijing by not missing its authentic street food, drink and street market. No hurry and stay away from the tourist crowds by throughly enjoy your time. 2, We will make sure that the public transports including bikes, didi cars, subways are always ready when you move from one place to another, thus you will have a deeper insight with the local life by using the transport way everyone else would use. 3, You could decide when you'd like to start this tour, either in the morning or afternoon, we will be very flexible to customize the trip you wish. 4, The schedule is customizable, you could put any of your idea into the plan before starting.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.00
Price varies by group size
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$107.00
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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

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Should I book Drum Tower (Gulou) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Drum Tower (Gulou) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Drum Tower (Gulou) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Drum Tower (Gulou) costs USD 5.34. Guided Drum Tower (Gulou) tours start around USD 5.34 per person.
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