Old Imperial Garden And Hutong
Pick up at your hotel at 9:00am. Transfer to Summer palace by car, enjoy a relax walk on the west dykes of Summer palace(with breathtaking scenery and less of tourists)(1 hour), then visit the old Summer palace ruin area(1 hour).
The Summer Palace has three main sections including the political active region, living section and visiting area. The serious and imperatorial Renshou Hall is the representative of the political area in Summer Palace.The palace features hundreds of architecturally distinct buildings, halls, pavilions, pagodas, bridges and corridors dispersed among magnificent and elegant gardens.
Old Summer palace:
That Old Summer time Structure, known in China as Yuan Ming Yuan (the Gardens of Perfect Brightness), and initially known as the Imperial Gardens, would be a complex of palaces and gardens in Beijing. It's situated 8 kms (5. mi) northwest from the walls from the Imperial City, built-in the 18th and early 1800s, in which the emperors from the Qing Empire were living and handled government matters (the Forbidden City was adopted for formal events).
Lunch at a characteristic restaurant(1.5 hours).
In the afternoon transfer to hutong area for sightseeing (2 hours), take a rickshaw ride in hutong area, then have a sip of chinese tea in a local tea house while listening to a cultural briefing by your guide. Transfer back to your hotel.
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.