[VIDEO] Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

February 28, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do, Unforgettable Experiences

Hop on for a majestic 3-hour tour of one of Asia’s most popular travel destinations: Beijing. With the Old Hutongs Tour, you are whisked to the gardens of Prince Gong’s Mansion, the largest and best preserved royal mansion of the Qing Dynasty, by traditional rickshaw. In one of the most underrated cultural experiences you can have, you will also be welcomed into the home of a local family, where you will meet and greet your oriental counterpart.

The narrow streets of the hutongs in Beijing are amongst some of the most unique and picturesque infrastructures in the world, particularly their traditional and symmetrical architecture, adorned with styled and poetic calligraphy.

Surviving six dynasties, the hutongs are as much a symbol of history as they are a staple for the city’s architecture. They are also incredibly beautiful: short in stature but particular and unique from house to house. Hutongs in the new century, however, are in danger of being demolished in order to make way for new infrastructure, so those remaining are being protected as a special aspect of Chinese culture unique to Beijing.

Inclusions for this truly unique experience consist of transportation by air-conditioned mini-van to and from your hotel, your own local and experienced guide and entrance fees.

- John Reality

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