To really experience Beijing you need to get out onto the streets. The Forbidden City is one of the most fascinating places in Beijing and is well worth a visit.
Beijing's Hutongs, China
Take a tricycle tour of Beijing’s unique and famous Hutongs, a maze of old narrow back streets found in the Changiao area of the Western District.
Surrounded by the beautiful Shichahai Lake, the Hutongs are home to ordinary Chinese citizens as well as ancient courthouses, historical relics and former residences of famous Chinese people.
The narrow streets provide a good insight into a quickly fading way of life, as the hutongs are being demolished right across China and very few now remain.
A visit to a local home can be arranged, where you will learn how to make dumplings with a guide translating.
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Other experiences in Beijing
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
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For a different insight into Chinese religion and history, a popular place to visit is the Temple of Heaven.
Stretching for over 6,000 km to the Gobi desert in the far west, the Great Wall remains one of the world’s true must-see sights.
This exciting piece of theatre comprises a number of spectacular and highly skilled Kung Fu demonstrations, following the story of a young Shaolin Monk as he trains in the discipline.
Closed to the world for over 500 years, and home to emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City is a truly fascinating place.