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Drum Tower (Gulou)
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Drum Tower (Gulou) Tours and Tickets

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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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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
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$69.34
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$69.34

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
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$72.00
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$72.00
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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
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$58.67
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$58.67

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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Discover Beijing: Small Group City Experience

Discover Beijing: Small Group City Experience

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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
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$77.50
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$77.50
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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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4-Hour Private Tour to Beijing Drum Tower with Drum Performance and Rickshaw

4-Hour Private Tour to Beijing Drum Tower with Drum Performance and Rickshaw

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Don’t get lost in one of Beijing’s historic hutongs: explore the neighborhood with your own private guide on this tour. Start your half-day adventure with a visit to the Beijing Drum Tower, complete with a grand drum performance. After the performance, head to a nearby hutong and ride through the winding alleyways in a rickshaw. See old buildings and cozy shops, and visit the home of a local family (with your guide translating) to learn about life in the hutongs today.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Private Tour:Beijing Hutong Night Walking with Pekin Roast Duck Dinner

Private Tour:Beijing Hutong Night Walking with Pekin Roast Duck Dinner

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Discover the incandescent beauty of Beijing by night on this 3-hour evening walking tour. See the city sparkle as you explore glimmering waterways, vibrant parks and narrow ‘hutongs’ (alleys) under the cover of darkness. Led by an accomplished guide, sample sublime specialties at the busy Wangfujing Snack Street; browse stalls bursting with exotic ingredients at the Donghuamen Night Market; and stroll amid the ancient and illuminated structures of Imperial City Park for a unique sightseeing experience. Conclude your tour with a tranquil wander around Houhai Lake and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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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
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$198.00
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$198.00
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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 Bike Tour

Private Beijing Bike Tour

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Get to know Beijing on a 5-hour bike tour with an experienced local guide who shares parts of the city far from the crowds. Cycle through small alleys known as hutongs, where traditions continue from centuries ago. Discover the charm of old Beijing as you cycle around the winding hutongs and behind the Forbidden City, have lunch at a local NGO, and end at Drum Tower (Gulou) and Bell Tower (Zhonglou). This small-group tour is limited to 12 participants to ensure a more personalized experience of Beijing.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$141.00
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$141.00
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Beijing Food Tour with Peking Duck

Beijing Food Tour with Peking Duck

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Get out of your comfort zone and experience Chinese food at its best on this food-focused Beijing Hutong Food Walking tour. Work up an appetite and join us for dinner, or really test your taste buds with the breakfast option. Enjoy informative insights into traditional cuisine from your professional guide, who leads you through zig-zagging streets of traditional Hutongs and get an authentic taste on offer at various local restaurants. Dumplings, Beijing crepes, Peking noodles, Tsingtao, Baijiu and Peking Duck.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.29
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$74.29
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

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Explore Beijing with camera—Visit 600 years old Forbidden City--One of Beijing's Top 7 place, Old Beijing Hutongs: taset local food,walk through local Temple,market.... Professional and friendly; We’re together,we’re happy.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$94.94
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$94.94

Private Hutong Tour with Drum Tower & Bell Tower & Prince Gong's Palace

Private Hutong Tour with Drum Tower & Bell Tower & Prince Gong's Palace

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Beyond the crowded attractions, see a side of Beijing that many tourists overlook on this intimate history tour. Meet your private guide at your local accommodation, and travel via public transportation. Venture first to Prince Gong’s Mansion: dating to the Qing Dynasty, it’s one of the best-preserved imperial mansions in the city. You’ll also discover the city’s hutongs (centuries-old alleyways and courtyards), will see a live drumming performance at the Drum Tower, and more.
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  • 6 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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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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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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Lama Temple, Old Drum Tower, Beihai Park, Hutong Rickshaw with Dumpling Making

Lama Temple, Old Drum Tower, Beihai Park, Hutong Rickshaw with Dumpling Making

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Visit a number of Beijing highlights, all found within the Second Ring Road, without any of the hassles of public transport or drudgery of an impersonal bus tour. On this private, full-day tour, explore the colorful Lama Temple in Dongcheng, get imposing photos of Beijing’s central Drum Tower, and walk around the lush grounds of Beihai Park, on the edge of Qianhai Lake. Cap off the day by learning how to make dumplings in an intimate cooking lesson held in an inner-city hutong.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.77
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$148.77
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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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