Beijing Hutong Tour

A hutong tourWhen you come to Beijing, are you curious about how and where Chinese people lived in the past? Join our tour: the pedicab will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. Even today, there are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs. You are invited to visit a local family's house to experience authentic Beijing life.

There are two high-recommended itineraries. One is "Drum TowerShichahai – Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) – hutong – the back gate of Beihai Park'. The other is ‘Qianhai – Silver Ingot Bridge – Houhai – hutong – Prince Gong's Residence Garden. For the first itinerary, you can start your by pedicab from the Drum Tower with about 700 years' history, and then get off at Shachahai to go to many famous ones around and have 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. As for the second itinerary, its starting point is Qianhai. You may have a boating on Qianhai Lake, and then get across the Silver Ingot Bridge, which connects Qianhai and Houhai. Many can be found after reaching Houhai. Finally, you may go to Gongwangfu Garden to take a break, have a cup of tea and listen to music played by Erhu, a Chinese musical instrument.

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.

Additionally, as a tourist, you should know the approximate charge of a pedicab tour. According to many visitors' experience, the pedicab owners usually charge you more than CNY50. Actually, the tour sometimes only costs CNY20 to 30. Fortunately, now Beijing has unified the charge standard of pedicabs. Therefore, few owners dare to claim a lot of money. These pedicabs owners live on their strength and hard work, so please respect them while you enjoy their friendly service.
The pedicabs in Hutongs. Modern shops in Hutong

 Recommended Itineraries:
Hutong Experience: and to visit Tiananmen and other popular attractions 
Capital Highlights: to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall...
Suggested Hutong Alleys: introduction and transportation information

- Last modified on Feb. 28, 2017 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Hutong Tour
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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