Dec 22, 2014 at 06:19 AM
Beijing, the capital of China is a wondrous city with even wonderful past. Hutong Bike Tour is an interesting event in the Beijing trip itinerary. "Hutong" is an ancient alley or lane typical of Beijing. Hutongs wind through local residences, exposing years of tradition and history. Some are more than 700 years old. As the city grows manifold, the hutongs are fast disappearing. Many of them were razed to ground during Beijing Olympics in 2008. A bike is the best choice to explore these timeless mazes surrounding the Forbidden city. The guides of the Hutong Bike Tour know the names of each alleyway, and share the unique history with the tourists. One gets to learn the code to identify the resident’s rank and prosperity. Do explore courtyards, Antique Street, Beijing’s lakes and Drum Tower. Hutong Bike Tour explores the ever evolving Beijing, telling the story of growth and change, and daily local life from ancient to the present. Your hutong bike tour allows you to explore the old and traditional area of north Beijing and starts with Chengxian Street ( some part of the street is also called Guozijian Street), west of Lama Temple; passing by the Confucius Temple and Guozijian (Imperial College). It also includes an outside tour of the Drum and Bell Towers; strolling through the 800 year old Yandai Byway and Yinding Bridge. Do experience some typical hutongs in the Shichahai area like Da Jinsi Hutong Tao that ends at Nanluoguxiang Hutong. The sites are famous for their scenic beauty too. Tour operators improvise the biking tour according to comfort of the tourist. They have various pickup points from your hotel to the starting point (subway, bus or taxi) escorted by tour guide. They provide one English speaking tour guide for each traveling party. During Hutong bike tour one should carry: 1. Sun glasses, camera and your best smile 2. Wear comfortable shoes 3. Don't wear expensive jewellery overtly. 4. During summer (Between May and October): sun block 5. For spring and autumn, the weather changes daily: a windproof jacket and an additional sweater 6. For winter (between November and April): you will need thick winter clothes (gloves,beanie woollen hat, scarf, winter sweater and long underpants).
Jan 18, 2015 at 06:47 PM
Bike Tour of the Hutongs in Dongsi North street is a hot favourite among the tourists.This is one of the highlights of Beijing trip. The most convenient and preferred mode of transport is the bike for such an adventurous tour. This is conducted by experienced and expert tour operators with well informed guides. The guides speak excellent English and are very knowledgable. It is a great way to see the real old Beijing. Bike Tour is highly recommended for a fantastic fun filled day. While visiting the various siheyuan or courtyards of yore, one gets a glimpse into the lifestyle of people in China before the advent of modernity. Earlier, family was the nucleus of all social structure and joint family was common in China. Elders were respected and they were taken care off. In return, they took upon themselves responsibility to raise young ones born to the young adults in the family. In Hutongs, people have been living for generations. Thus, they know neighbours living in the nearby houses too. The entire needs of the families are met with infrastructure and economy of the neighbourhood itself. There are Confucius Temple and Lama Temple in the vicinity which may be visited while on a tour of the hutongs. In fact hundreds of locals as well as tourists visit the Dongcheng district everyday to have a glimpse of old Beijing. Confucianism holds a revered place in Chinese philosophy and his temple in Beijing is a rich treasure house of his teachings. Bike tour of the Qianliang Hutong is the first trip to real Beijing. In company of a knowledgeable guide, bike tour keep is an exhilarating session. Bike tour is strongly recommend for an enjoyable get away from all the glitz and glamour of modern Beijing. At a reasonable price, one can discover the Chinese culture with friendly guides. Far from the shopping malls, one can enjoy the old Beijing and the life in countryside. A friendly experience full of authenticity. It would certainly be a different way to experience Beijing tour. Do explore the city on the two wheels. It is definitely a healthier and even more relaxed way of exploring Beijing. Avail this opportunity while around!
Feb 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM
This little bike tour group has a maximum of 12 participants, allowing you a more personalized experience as you bike through Beijing. Meet at the Shichahai subway station before heading to the bike shop, where you will be given a full safety briefing and equipped with bike and helmet. Cycle your way through the winding streets of Beijing for a peek at the old town and a more simple life. You are cycling through the hutongs, unchanged over time, but being rapidly expelled from the city through development. Experience centuries of daily life as you cycle along the moat of the Forbidden City and through ancient streets of Beijing. Dining at an NGO based in the community. More information about the work they do with physical and mental disabilities before jumping back on their bikes and continuing through the hutongs to reach its final destination in the Drum Tower.Head towards north to visit the Bird's Nest, the main venue of the Olympic Games in 2008, and a true symbol of economic and technological achievements of China. Designed by Herzog and De Meuron, the most unique feature of the structure is its system of "cushion" that can fill the spaces within the building facade to regulate wind, weather and sunlight.
Jan 04, 2015 at 07:12 AM
These are youthful Chinese sightseers coming back from a visit to the Lama Buddhist Temple and sanctuary of Confucius. These are one of the curved entryways raised amid principles of different administrations. The group here likes to invest some energy with their celebrated past. It is additionally a rest and make tracks in an opposite direction from the turbulent occupied current way of life. Hutongs are a sort of tight private road or back street, and are the conventional structural engineering of Beijing. Hutong neighborhoods are were shaped by joining lines of "siheyuan" (customary yard living arrangements) together - one hutong would then be joined to another. To improve lighting, about all "siheyuan" had their fundamental structures and doors confronting south; consequently a dominant part of hutongs keep running from east to west. The complex is broad and you can take photos very nearly everybody. Furthermore, particularly, the Lama Temple Complex really holds a Guinness World Record! In one of the sanctuaries there is an exceptionally tall white sandalwood statue of the Maitreya Buddha, which was cut from a solitary tree.
Dec 15, 2014 at 02:17 AM
One primary benefit of the hutong tours in Beijing is that you get to learn and experience many new and interesting things, like learning an art, a craft or even learning to cook a Chinese delicacy. In addition, you could also learn and play many games during your hutong tour adventure. One such interesting game is the Mahjong. This game which has its origin in China can be played with four players. This game was popular in the Ming Dynasty hundreds of years ago. This game requires calculation, skill and strategy long with luck. Tourists interested in learning this game can get aid from a teacher in a Mahjong class during your Hutong tour adventure. Besides learning the skills of the game one can even buy a mini mahjong set as a souvenir if they so wish. There is another such game known as the Chinese Yoyo or Diabolo. This was also created over a thousand years ago. The Chinese yoyo is created out of wood or bamboo and can be used by people of all ages for the purpose of playing or for exercise. This class will give an idea of the history and function of the Chinese Yoyo and if you want you can take home a souvenir of the Chinese yoyo. Along with games and crafts, you can also get a class on traditional dance in the hutongs in Beijing. The Yangko dance is one such popular folk dance with a history of over 1000 years. This is an interesting dance where you get to move your body to experience this amusing activity. Another Hutong tour adventure that you can be a part of is Cricket Culture in China. This traditional culture of singing and fighting crickets in China is as old as 2000 years in Chinese history. During your tour to hutong you can visit a home of a cricket enthusiast who is involved in rearing crickets. You can learn about history and the basic knowledge of rearing crickets in such a tour. It is a fact that the real culture of Beijing can be experienced in the Hutong and Courtyards and they attract more tourists than the high-rise buildings in Beijing.
Dec 29, 2014 at 06:55 PM
This is a tight road called hutong in Chinese. This is a piece of old Beijing where the trees lined avenues highlights tranquil and sylvan environment close to the Confucius and Lama Temple. Each block recounts to its own story and the guests are both voyagers and nearby people. The cool climate is a rest from the modest of occupied with Beijing life. People say that the genuine society of Beijing is the way of life of the Hutong and Courtyards. How genuine that is. They pull in a greater number of sightseers from home and abroad than the tall structures and extensive chateaus. Hutong is a Mongolian word importance water well. At nine meters (around 30 feet) wide, it is the name given to a path or little road that began amid the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). Presently they have get to be delegates of nearby culture, in this way it is the first decision for individuals who might want to find out about the neighborhood history and culture. Up to this point, one can in any case discover dry wells in some old rear alleys.
Dec 16, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Each hutong in Old Beijing has an unmistakable vibe and character of past period. It recounts the tale of the lives of individuals before quick urbanization assumed control China. The shops spotting the road offer scents, Buddhist antiquities ensemble and cafes. This is an exceptionally pleasant excursion for kids too to think about the antiquated instructive framework and customs of China. The things in market are truly exceptionally appealing. The things displayed in shops are excessively astonishing that you can’t stop yourself to purchase those things. The majority of the things you will get is the market are primarily related to the Buddhist religion. Mamei Hutong was named after the old Beijing language. In later years the government changed their original names into more formal ones, which sounds more refined. If one wants to know the original names of them, a tour to these feature lanes of hutong should not be missed. The dark tiled houses and back streets crossing with one another in indistinguishable appearance are similar to a jumble, it is enjoyable to stroll through them however be aware so you not get lost. .
Jan 27, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Currently, Hangzhou runs the world's largest, with 250,000 trips a day, with over 60,000 bicycles and 2,177 stations Bikeshare program. This system, which is funded entirely by the municipal government, was planned and built in just three years The red bicycles have been so well received by the public who inspired many other Chinese cities, including Beijing, to replicate the model Hangzhou. On June 16, the Beijing municipal government launched its public bicycle program. The first batch of 2,000 bicycles are parked at 63 locations with high traffic flow in Dongcheng and Chaoyang district of Beijing. Under the plan, 50,000 bikes will be in use in 1000 designated service points in 2015 to cover the major districts, transportation centers and streets. hina used to be called the sea of bicycles and bicycle in Beijing today remains a convenient for most people carrier. Rent a bike can be a better way for you to see the city at your own pace. Bicycles can be rented at many hotels for 20-30 yuan / day. A deposit is required. You can also rent bikes at bike shops to repair and inflate bicycle tires.
Jan 10, 2015 at 05:31 AM
This is a hutong which might likewise be called Imperial school Street. The red blocks divider patio lined with trees look tranquil .There are numerous tea houses, puppets, earthenware production, Buddha material stores, and different relics on the little shops specking the street. The air looks serene and a lovely break from the occupied swanky way of life of current Beijing. The scent of incense and sandalwood saturates the climate from the adjacent sanctuaries. The name of a hutong speaks to its inception, area or history. It is in these dim tiled long paths that families play, purchase merchandise, tattle, and connect. The Beijing Hutongs (old paths) have an extremely exceptional place in the rich history and society of Beijing. Today, a wide range of sorts of bars, tea houses, espresso rooms and gift shops have mushroomed in the city. During the evening, the road is on fire with lights, giving a simple air as you walk around. The back roads give a brilliant look into yesterday's reality, the old lifestyle and customary Beijing culture, and highlight the emotional changes whatever is left of Beijing has undergone. Longer Beijing visits more often than exclude a visit to a hutong territory.
Jan 13, 2015 at 12:40 AM
These are shops offering incense adheres on path to the Lama Temple in old Beijing. This is one of the biggest and most imperative religious communities of Geluk Tibetan Buddhist on the planet. It was affectionately restored by the Tibetan nuns. The spot draws in a considerable measure of voyagers and additionally Buddhist travelers. The sheer volume of the incense smoldered at the sanctuary complex backings these shops lining the street. One of the real attractions in Beijing are the crisscrossing hutongs, a basic part of Beijing's nearby culture. Made in the thirteenth century, the Hutongs are really little open back streets with private yard homes. It is the way Old Beijing used to be. Hutongs are similar to society custom galleries, displaying a window into a conventional lifestyle entwined with the old construction modeling and labyrinth of limited boulevards. Shops find in hutongs is generally made up of wooden rooftops. The structure of rooftops are generally find a little bit creative in Hutongs Street. The tourist love to roam in hutong and explore the old china and can feel the essence of sandalwood from the nearby temple.
Feb 03, 2015 at 04:03 PM
As it is popular the rickshaw is the most frequently used form of transportation by tourists for taking the Hutong tour. The rickshaw presents a unique view of Beijing hutongs and so it has becomes all the more popular with tourists. This is the reason why the Beijing hutong tour by rickshaw has become an indispensable part of Beijing tourism in the recent years. Despite the fact that rickshaws become more expensive as compared to taking a taxi, since rickshaw allow tourists to enjoy the street scene and is more suitable for avoiding traffic they are used frequently by travelers in Beijing. Moreover, Beijing hutong tour by rickshaw enables you to complete the tour at leisurely pace. This way one can gain a more personal flavor of life in old Beijing. Rickshaws are also readily available at most of the important tourist locations and the legal rickshaw drivers are easily identified since they wear a chest plate carrying the name and the phone number of the supervision. Although there are many hutongs in Beijing, the most popular ones are concentrated in and around Shicha Lake. Other attractions here include temples, Prince Gong's Mansion, and former residences of prominent personalities from the ancient times. Besides, other sites like Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and many ancient buildings also can be seen here. Tourists have the option to choose their desired routes or can ask the driver to select some of the popular sites. The most recommended Beijing Hutong tour by rickshaw is to visit the Beihai Park and then travel to the Drum Tower. Here tourists can mount the tower and overlook the hutong sitting along the axis of the Drum Tower. Next you can travel through this hutong by rickshaw and talk with the local people on the way. Hutong tour is an excellent way to comprehend the culture and history of Beijing. Last, you can ask the rickshaw driver to take you to the Prince Gong's Mansion. You must know that rickshaws are forbidden in many areas in the city during busy hours or the whole day in some cases. So confirm with the rickshaw driver whether any of the streets that you are planning to travel is blocked.
Dec 05, 2014 at 06:26 PM
The roads in old Beijing are called hutongs. They have a character they could call their own. This spot in Dengcheung area is close to the Confucius and Lama Temple in old Beijing. These lanes have been safeguarded as memory of the old Chinese method for life. The tall cedar and juniper lining the road looks majestic. Of the more than 1,000 Hutongs left there are some unmistakable ones, drawing in a huge number of voyagers from home and abroad. The lengthiest one is the Dongjiaominxiang Lane, with an aggregate distance of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles), lying in the middle of Chang'an Avenue and East and West Qianmen Streets. The briefest one is the Yichi Street, measuring around 25 meters (82 feet). The Jiuwan Hutong, with around 13 turns, is the most convoluted one and can without much of a stretch make you lost. The tightest is the Qianshi (Money Market) Hutong, computing around thirty to forty meters (32 to 44 yards), situated outside the qianmen gate in Zhubaoshi Street. The tightest part is simply 40 centimeters (16 inches) wide, so when two individuals meet, they must swing sideways to pass one another.