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Off the beaten track Hutong Walking Tour

Off the beaten track Hutong Walking Tour Item NO: 1367

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  • This tour is a kind of off the beaten track walking tour in the downtown of Beijing,On the tour we will see the famous Temple of Heaven and the traditional Beijing Hutong and the local people's daily life there.
Product Name Off the beaten track Hutong Walking Tour
Item NO 1367
Weight 0.0000 kg = 0.0000 lb = 0.0000 oz
Category Tours
Tag Hutong Tour , Walking Tour
Brand GreatBooker
Creation time 2019-02-26

Tour Itinerary:

At 9 AM for instance, a guide will meet you at your hotel,the tour starting time is up to you,our Great Booker,and we will walk or take bus / subway to get to the Temple of Heaven first,it will cost about 2 hours in the park.

The Temple of Heaven in the southern part of Beijing is China's largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. Occupying an area of 273 hectares, it is three times the area of the Forbidden City. It was built in 1420 for emperors to worship Heaven. The principle buildings include the Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests, Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar.


The Altar of Prayer for Good Harvest, 38 meters in height and 30 meters in diameter, stands on a round foundation built with three levels of marble stones. This towering triple-eave hall is under a three-story, cone-shaped glaze-tile roof in blue color crowned with a gilded knob. A circular wall of polished bricks known as the Echo Wall encloses the Imperial Vault of Heaven. The Circular Mount Altar, south to the Imperial Vault of Heaven, is where the emperor prayed to heaven. At the center lies a round stone called the Center of Heaven Stone that echoes when a visitor speaks loudly when standing on the stone.


The Temple of Heaven was entered into the world cultural heritage list in 1998.

After visiting the park we will keep walking to see the traditional Beijing Hutong,this tour is unlike the touristy Hutong tour that oher tour operators offered.Let's have a look of Hutong information.

Overall of Hutong

The old lanes of the Beijing hutongs, many laid out hundreds of years ago during the Ming and Qing dynasty eras (1368-1912), retain some of the traditional culture and way of life of the past. Visiting the Beijing hutongs for shopping, dining, and experiencing the street life is a way to get in touch with the everyday people and experience the daily life of people in Beijing.

What Is a Hutong?

A Beijing hutong

A hutong is a lane or alley formed by traditional courtyard compounds lining both sides. These hutongs range from little alleys 40 centimeters wide to streets 10 meters wide.

The compounds that line the lanes and alleys are called "siheyuan" (四合院 sìhéyuàn /srr-her-ywhen/). The word means: 'four joined-together courtyard.' They are old buildings arranged on four sides around a courtyard, and the buildings and the courtyard are enclosed by a wall.

The hutong streets and alleys crisscross with each other and meander in confusing ways. It is fun to walk around in them.

Hutong History

An old style siheyuan of the past

The Mongolians captured the Beijing area in 1215, and in 1271 they started to build their Yuan Empire (1271–1368) capital called Dadu (大都 Dàdū). It was recorded that in the Yuan Empire a 36-meter-wide road was called a standard street, a 18-meter-wide one was a small street, and a 9-meter-wide lane was named a hutong (胡同 hùtōng /hoo-tong/ 'haphazardly together').

Perhaps the name describes the haphazard unplanned construction of many of the hutongs. The word hutong originates from the Mongolian word hottog that means 'water well' in Mongolian. In ancient times, villagers dug a well and then lived around it.

In the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) empires, the officials and wealthy people built their grand siheyuan compounds close to the Forbidden City of the emperors along hutong lanes that were wide and laid out according to a plan. A good example is the Qiao Family Grand Courtyard. The commoners and poorer people, however, built smaller siheyuan around narrower lanes and alleys, laid out haphazardly on the outskirts of the capital city.

Hutong Culture

Visiting the hutongs by rickshaw

The hutongs have descriptive names that tell their origin, location, or history. It is in these gray lanes and alleys where kids play and people shop and socialize.

Beijing still has about 400,000 residential siheyuans that are mainly in the East, West, Xuanwu, and Chongwen districts. New construction threatens the existence of most hutongs. The municipal government has earmarked a number of them for protection.

Beijing's narrow hutong alleys are the setting for many a popular Chinese tale.

Hutongs in Popular Culture

One of China's most famous authors, Laoshe, was born in a small lane in the west of the city. The memories of his childhood were so dear to him and left such a deep impression that even after he'd been away from Beijing for more than 20 years, he still clearly remembered his birthplace. He made it the backdrop of his novel "Four Generations under One Roof."

Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of the life in the hutongs, and a drama by the Beijing People's Art Theatre such as "Teahouse" or "Small Hutong" in the evening would complement a visit there.

It may take another 1 hour to see some part of Beijing Old Hutong,and when ending the tour,you can take a taxi or subway back to your hotel or continue looking around the area,like Pearl Market which located near the Hutong.

There two ways to book this service

1,Prepay 10 to 100 US Dollars to book this service

2,Pay the full amount for one day to book this service,when you choosing this method,you can get a free souvenir gift from

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