Beijing Hutong Tour

A hutong tourWhen you come to Beijing, a Hutong tour will definitely provide you with a chance to mingle with local residents and get a unique travel experience in the intricate winding Hutongs. They are maze-like, deep and exactly as they were a long time ago, recording the history of the city. Even today, there are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved Hutongs. You can visit a local family's house to experience authentic Beijing life and stop every now and then to take pictures.

Two Highly-recommended Beijing Hutong Tour Itineraries

 Route 1: Drum TowerYandaixie Street → Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) → Shichahai → Hutongs → the north gate of Beihai Park

You can start your half-day Hutong tour Beijing from the Drum Tower with about 700 years' history. After the visit, walk south to the Yandaixie Street. At the end of the street is the Silver Ingot Bridge. The nearby Shichahai gathers many famous Hutongs and boasts a good view of the beautiful scenery of the three lakes, namely Qianhai, Xihai and Houhai. After that, you can go to the Beihai Park.

 Route 2: Qianhai → Silver Ingot Bridge → Houhai → Hutongs → Prince Gong's Mansion

You may have a boating on Qianhai Lake, and then get across the Silver Ingot Bridge, which connects Qianhai and Houhai. Many Hutongs can be found after reaching Houhai. Finally, you may go to Prince Gong's Mansion to take a break, have a cup of tea and listen to music played by Erhu, a Chinese musical instrument.

Three Ways to Explore Hutongs: Walking, Bicycling, Taking Rickshaw

 Walk: A Beijing Hutong walk is usually slow-paced and relaxing. You should spare at least half a day for Hutongs.

 Bicycling: It's convenient to ride a bike in narrow Hutongs and travelers can make a flexible travel plan. Bikes can be rented at: 1) Qianhai Lake in Shichahai Area; 2) Banchang Hutong, opposite to Lvsongyuan Hotel; and 3) Qianmen Street, opposite to Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.

 Taking Rickshaw: It's the most popular way to take a Beijing Hutong tour. You can hire a rickshaw near the Drum Tower or Nanluoguxiang (South Gong and Drum Lane).

The pedicabs in Hutongs. Modern shops in Hutong

Hutong Travel Tips


During your visiting, you can take some photos, in which you will find many carvings, gate piers and some characteristic patterns. Additionally, the residents there and their daily life are also interesting to be taken as photos. For instance, you may see the children playing games, the old men playing cards or the vendors selling Bingtang-Hulu (crystalline candied haw). Taking these pictures of the locals' life will leave you a memorable experience.

Hutong tour Beijing rickshaw:

You should have an idea about the approximate cost of a rickshaw ride in Beijing. The Hutong rickshaw price ranges from CNY 100 to 200, depending on the length of the travel. These pedicabs owners live on their strength and hard work, so please respect them while you enjoy their friendly service. At the same time, be cautious not to be ripped off as they may claim extra charge. It's necessary to make sure the cost before getting on a rickshaw.

- Last updated on Nov. 29, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Hutong Tour
Asked by Marisa from SPAIN | Nov. 16, 2023 08:23Reply
Price of rickshaw ride to Hutongs
Can you please tell me how much would be a fair price for a ride around hutongs close to drum and bell towers?
Xie xie
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Answered by Gloria | Nov. 19, 2023 20:01

Generally, it charges CNY 100-200 per person according to different routes. Negotiate the price, route and time before boarding.
Asked by ROBIN ANGKASA from INDONESIA | Jun. 29, 2016 05:35Reply
I want to ask what time operation of pedicabs at Beijing hutong.
I plan go there for this tour in the morning, what time open? if i go there by metro and stop at shichahai station, how far walk to pedicabs start point? Tq very much
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Answered by Nikki from USA | Jun. 30, 2016 03:33

Well, there is no exact service hours of the pedicabs. As I know, most of them start to serve the public at around 09:00. And the pedicabs tour of Shichahai Area takes 40-50 mins.
After arriving at Shichahai Metro Station, you can walk southeast around 0.6 miles to get to Nanluoguxiang. Then you will easily find one and start this amazing tour.
Asked by parshva jain from INDIA | May. 15, 2016 04:28Reply
starting from prince gongs mansion before the hutongs, where should i take the pedicab from?
i will visit the mansion first, from there where to catch a pedi cab for shichahai? also i want to cover behai park, how to do that, by foot or continue on pedi cab? how much would the approx. cost be ?
what routes to cover in hutongs
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Answered by Lily from USA | May. 18, 2016 04:58

You can take a pedicab at Houhai. It passes by Shichahai, Lotus Market, Di'anmen, and Yinding Bridge. You can continue to ride on pedicab to Beihai Park. The fare may be around CNY 200. You are advised to negotiate with the driver about the fare and the route. :)
Asked by kay from USA | Feb. 03, 2013 10:20Reply
Are these pedicabs in Hutong big enough to hold 2 Elderly Americans on the larger size?
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Answered by Nathalie | Feb. 04, 2013 03:46

I'm afraid not. But you can have a try. If not, you may need to sit in two different pedicabs.
Asked by ml from UK | Sep. 09, 2012 11:46Reply
Where do we get the pedicabs from Nanluogu Xiang? How much is normal charge to Shichahai?
Can we bargain the charge with the pedicab owners?
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Answered by Terry | Sep. 09, 2012 22:11

You can take the pedicabs on the Gulou Street, which is on the north part of Nanluogu Xiang. It always charge you about 50 RMB, but you can argue the price with the pedicab owners.
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