4-Hour Private Layover Tour: Beijing Old Hutong

Get a taster of life in old Beijing on this mini walking tour, tailored to fit a 4-hour layover, with private guide and personal driver. You'll visit glistening lakes linked by scenic bridges, stroll through ancient 'hutong' alleyways, and explore the impressive Drum and Bell Towers, icons of Beijing's old city.

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4 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Private tour
    • Airport pickup and drop-off
    • English-speaking guide
    • Transport in climate-controlled vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Bell and Drum Towers
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • Your private guide and driver will greet you at the luggage carousels in the airport when your flight arrives, holding a sign with your name printed on it. Hop into the climate-controlled vehicle for the 30-minute drive to Beijing's historic hutong area, the web of low-rise alleyways that's an icon of old Beijing.

    You'll alight at the scenic Shichahai lake district. Admire the elegant curves of the historic Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Qiao) that links Qianhai and Houhai lakes. Drink in the atmosphere as locals chat, drink, and relax around the lake, sometimes with wood pigeons cooing overhead.

    From here, it's just a short stroll to Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie), a quaint 800-year-old hutong that used to be known for sellers of long-stemmed pipes.

    Take your time to imbibe the atmosphere as you walk a couple of minutes to the Drum Tower, one of a pair of iconic structures that used to help Beijingers tell the time. It's home to a fascinating museum of Chinese timepieces, from incense clocks to water clocks.

    Facing it is its opposite number, the Bell Tower. It's still home to China's largest bell, which is 23 feet (7 meters) high and weighs more than 20 tons (tonnes).

    Once you've finished exploring the towers with your guide, your driver will bring you back to the airport to catch your onward flight.
  • Departure Point :
    Beijing Capital International Airport
    Departure Time :
    Coincides with flight arrival and departure time
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by China Connection Tours

Activity ID: V-7480P19

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