- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 5.5 hours
- tour type Group Tour
- age requirement 18+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Zigzag through the ancient alleyways and hutongs of Beijing
- Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City for a different perspective of this former royal palace
- Discover the secrets and backroads in the ancient city for a real insight into the local life
- Make some friends as you enjoy lunch with a local family at a friendly hutong house and experience their lifestyle firsthand
Be one of the estimated nine million bicyclists in China on this Beijing tour. Spin your wheels through the backstreets and hutongs, stopping for quirky hutong stories, to admire some of the city’s top sights and to enjoy a tasty local lunch.
Beijing is a city that’s both modern and traditional, forward-looking and connected to its past, and in our opinion, one of the best ways to experience it all is by bike.
Although modernising at a rapid pace, for now, China's capital still preserves its ancient and traditional heart in the winding alleyways and backstreets around the Forbidden City. Known as hutongs, these lanes are still home to many of Beijing's residents as well as shops, markets, temples, and historic buildings.
As our Beijing bike tour winds through the hutongs, you'll have a unique view of this traditional way of life and witness this neighbourhood as it slowly disappears and the developers move in. Riding along the Forbidden City moat and through the parks nearby is hands down one of our favourite experiences, as it gives you a different perspective on this formerly “forbidden city” now being a welcoming open place for the non-royals.
Visit a very well preserved Hutong family home and enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch, cooked with love by the family themselves and chat to them about life in Beijing.
Hop back on to your bikes and continue our cycling journey through the hutongs until you are back at the drum tower. We’ll then hop on the public bus for a 15 minute ride back to the bike rental place, as your guide points out more of the city’s historic landmarks and top foodie joints!
If you’d like to continue to the hutong experience in a different way, sampling some of the most popular snacks and visit a local produce market to learn a bit about Chinese cooking ingredients and spices, feel free to join us in the afternoon Beijing food tour which starts at 4pm. Your local guide can give you more information if you are interested.
- Lunch at a Hutong
- Local English speaking guide
- Bike rental
- Items of a personal nature
- tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
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Full payment of 67 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
Beijing by Bike tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Beijing by Bike tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : Nanluoguxiang Station, Exit F Meeting end point : Nanluoguxiang Metro Station (Exit F, Lines 6 & 8), Nanluoguxiang is a central spot near the market and bell and drum tower