Beijing Hutong Day Tour with Folk Sports Learning
Activities: Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Rickshaw Tour, Family Visit, Drum Tower,
Yoyo and Shuttlecock Learning, Home Cooked Lunch, Yandai Byway, Yinding
Bridge and Qianhai Lake
Tour Type: A private tour
Duration: Approx.8 hours
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel around 9:00am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 5:00pm
Service: Entrance fees + lunch + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Tour Code: BJD-16
Pick from your downtown hotel around 9:00am and drive to the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang Hutong. A trip to Nanluogixiang Hutong brings you back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) when the earliest hutongs and courtyard houses along Nanluoguxiang started to be built. The 800-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants, unique hostels, lively themed stores and itinerant vendors. Its vernacular courtyard houses, grey-colored, accompanied by old trees, showcase the solid books of Beijing's traditional architecture.
Then get on a rickshaw to get through the zigzag and narrow alleys or hutongs. Two people share one rickshaw. You are not supposed to tip the pedicab driver since the tour cost includes the tip. Arrive at the old courtyard and begin your family visit. With the help of your English speaking your tour guide, you will have a detailed explanation of the old courtyard ( Siheyuan ) - its history, its layout, its Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved.
Learning the basics of playing Yoyo and Shuttlecock. Old Beijing Yo-Yo, also known as Chinese Diabolo, was created about one thousand year ago. As one of the traditional sports, Chinese Yoyos are made of wood or bamboo, popular for people of any age for playing or exercise. Chinese yo-yos have a long thin axle, with disc-shaped wheels, and they are also amde in different colors, sizes, and weights. The yayo games are popularly played by Beijing residents especially in the morning. Playing shuttlecock is very popular among the local residents in Beijing. Wake up early and go to the park for playing shuttlecock. A typical Chinese shuttlecock has four feathers fixed into a rubber sole or plastic discs. Some handmade jianzis make use of a washer or a coin with a hole in the center.
You are arranged to learn how to make Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) in a local family. Chinese dumpling is one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year. Since the shape of Chinese dumplings is similar to ancient Chinese gold or silver ingots, they symbolize wealth. In northern China, the people eat the dumpling and noodles everyday. Today you will learn how to make Chinese dumplings from beginning to end with the guidance your hostess. After finishing your Chinese dumpling learning course, you will taste the dumplings made by your hostess and enjoy other delicious Chinese dishes as well as your lunch.
After lunch, Move on to Drum Tower. Ascending the 67-meter high and two-story Drum Tower dating from 1420 is sure to bring you back to the old Beijing by seeing the big drum tower and having bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of hutongs and siheyuan - existing traditional courtyards in Beijing.
Continue to feel Beijing long history by walking along Yandai Byway. Walk along Yandai Byway ( Tobacco Pipe Lean Street ), a quaint 800-year-old hutong located between Yinding Bridge and the south of the Drum Tower, used to be well-known for sellers of long-stemmed pipes in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), hence the name.
Passing through Yinding Bridge (Silver Ingot Bridge) , a narrow channel joining Qianhai Lake and the Houhai Lake, the hub of Shichahai area with surrounding quiet hutongs. Seeing the west mountain here is known as one of the eight old Beijing wonders.
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