You’ve seen the hutongs by day, but do you know what happens at night? The Nighttime Hutong Tour gives you an inside look into Beijing’s bustling nightlife in the hutongs, form the secret lives of buildings, to the Majong playing populace, and Beijing’s best bars.
Meet us at the office, pick up your bike, and set off on a totally unique journey around the hutongs of Beijing. As you cycle around the towering red walls of the Forbidden City, you’ll truly understand the majesty of China’s imperial past.
After taking a secret shortcut through the heart of the Forbidden City, we’ll head over to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest squares and the heart of Beijing, large enough to hold a million people. There you will behold the magnificent People’s Heroes Monument and five-starred red flags waving beside it, all from the seat of your bike.
After that we’ll drop down to Qianmen, the front gate of the ancient city walls, where you’ll be dazzled by the contrast between the old Chinese neighborhoods and the 19th century embassies from around the world. There you will cycle through the hutong ancient alleyways and observe Beijing’s residents in their element – playing cards on the streets and gossiping about their neighbors.
Along the way, you’ll pass a 100-year old brothel, an old Tea House, and a Qing-dynasty opium den. You’ll see locals sporting pajamas, kids playing with a slit in their pants, with mounds of coal and cabbage stored in the front of their houses. In short, you’ll see the life of the real Beijing, a way in which most tourists never will.
Next we will go further north to the beautiful Houhai Lake, situated in the heart of the old city, which turns from a peaceful park area filled with old people during the day into Beijing’s best bar district at night. There we’ll grab a beer and kick back!
Nighttime Hutong Bike Tour
|Itinerary and Sights||The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Hutongs, Qianmen, and the ancient residences and landmarks around Houhai Lake|
|Length||3 hours, about 20 km|
|Remember to bring||Your camera, beer money|
|Price||RMB 200 per person for groups of four or more. Minimum of four people.|