No-Shopping Bus Tour-Ancient City Wall and Hutong Rickshaw Exploration
Morning pick up service at your hotel at 7:30am, transfer to Ancient City Wall by coach. Then you will visit Ancient City Wall(Sightseeing for about 1 hour).
Ancient City Wall:
Since Beijing is the ancient capital of China, the city wall has always been the brightest focal point of the dynasts. The city wall, surrounding the residential area, is the most basic constituent of a city. Beijing's city wall is a masterpiece owing to its grand verve and spirit. It is the brick deposit for defense, and a great ancient project embodying the beautiful physique of Beijing. It is a symbol of the time when humanity made a step towards civilization.
After that, your tour guide will take you to Bell Tower and Drum Tower(1 hour). The Bell and Drum Towers continued to function as the official timepiece of China and government until 1924, when the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty was forced to leave the Forbidden City) and western-style clockwork was made the official means of time-keeping.
Bell and Drum Tower:
Gulou, the drum tower of Beijing, is situated at the northern end of the central axis of the Inner City to the north of Di'anmen Street. Originally built for musical reasons, it was later used to announce the time and is now a tourist attraction.Zhonglou, the bell tower of Beijing, stands closely behind the drum tower. Together with the drum tower, they provide an overview of central Beijing and before the modern era, they both dominated Beijing's ancient skyline.Bells and drums were musical instruments in ancient China. Later they were used by government and common people as timepieces. The Bell and Drum towers were the center of Chinese chronology during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Then we will take Rickshaw Explore Hutong at Houhai Lake(1.5 hours). Houhai Lake is the most famous lake in the heart of Beijing with over 700 year old. Shichahai also is a famous scenic area, surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style Beijing residences, Hutong and Courtyard. It is located in the northwest part of Beijing, and covers a large area of 146.7 hectares (about 363 acres).Enjoy 1hour Boating time on the most beautiful Lake area in shichahai lake.
Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of the "hutong life". When urban construction threatens the existence of these hutongs, some Beijingers become worried. We trust that a "must see" hutong tour will greatly help you know more about Beijing history and culture.