Beijing Private Layover Tour of Forbidden City Houhai Hutong and Local Delicacy
While on layover at Beijing Capital International Airport, building your own Beijing adventure with a local tour guide on a private tour. Explorer serval iconic locations: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Drum Tower, Houhai and Beijing Hutong. We will enjoy an excellent view of drumming performance at Drum Tower. At dusk, we will climb the Jingshan and have a bird’s eye view of Forbidden City.
1. Walk around Tiananmen Square and admire a variety of significant edifices
2. Explore the world’s best-preserved imperial residence - Forbidden City
3. Stroll along Houhai Hutong and experience the original Beijing lifestyle
4. Taste traditional local delicacy Zhajiang Mian for lunch
5. Learn about the ancient, mysterious history and geography from your guide
6. Make the most of limited time with convenient airport pickup and drop-off
per adult from
7 to 8 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Zhajiangmian for lunch
- Professional tour guide
- Local Delicacy
- Private transportation
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entrance fee of the indicated attractions
- Bottled water
- Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
- Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
What's excluded :
- Entry/Admission - Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
Your tour guide will meet you at exit of the airport with the welcoming board on which your name will be written at 08:30 a.m.. Then, we will transfer to the Tiananmen Square and start the wonderful layover tour.
The solemn and respectful Tiananmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, which serves not only the city's symbol but also the whole of China. This immense courtyard is surrounded by a variety of significant edifices such as the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, Monument to the People's Heroes and National Museum. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.
We will walk around Tian’anmen Square and admire a variety of significant edifices.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China
The magnificent Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. It has 9,999 rooms in flourishing period with just a single room short of the number that ancient Chinese belief represents 'Divine Perfection' and surrounded by a moat six meters deep and ten-meter high wall. For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative center of the country. Today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Follow your tour guide to visit several palaces, including the lavish Antiquarian of the Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). Learn about the ancient history, culture, and traditions that helped shape the Forbidden City through your guide's engaging commentary.
At noon, we will taste traditional Beijing cuisine - Noodles with Soybean Paste(Zhajiang Mian). Zhajiang mian is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine, and is sometimes referred to as simply Beijing noodles.
After lunch, we will transfer to Drum Tower and enjoy an excellent view of drumming performance
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Bell and Drum Towers, Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China
The Drum Tower was equipped with bronze clepsydras and drums that were beaten to mark the hours. The drum was beaten quickly for 18 times and then slowly for 18 times to mark the hour. You have the opportunity to climb to the top of Drum tower for an excellent view of drumming performance which lasts for 20 minutes.
Then, we will stroll along Lotus Lane in the Back Lakes (Houhai) area, seeing its night-time bars and lake waters, and take in the historical Yandai Xie Street and Nanluoguxiang Hutong.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China
Houhai, which literally means "Back Sea", is a large artificial lake in northern downtown Beijing. There were many wine shops, workshops, and opera stages in ancient times. Nowadays, it is open to all. The area is dotted with bars, cafes, tea houses and restaurants, and is quite popular among foreign visitors and local young people. In addition, the neighboring Hutongs and courtyards of former court officials and celebrities are worth a visit.
We will stroll along Lotus Lane in the Back Lakes (Houhai) area, see its night-time bars and lake waters, taste some local traditional snacks and take in the historical Yandaixiejie Hutong and Nanluoguxiang Hutong.
Yandai Xie Street (烟袋斜街胡同)
Know as Yandai Xiejie in Chinese, the Yandaixie Street is one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing. Located in the Xicheng District, it is close to the Shichahai which are famous attractions in Beijing.
Since the olden days, Yandaixiejie Street has been one of the most flourishing commercial areas in Beijing. The stores are closely packed along the street and a wide variety of souvenirs with Beijing characteristics can be found there.
Nanluoguxiang Hutong (南锣鼓巷)
Nanluoguxiang Hutong is known for its authentic Beijing atmosphere. The age-old siheyuans, archways, wall carvings, and former residences of socialites can be found there. Today there has been an unprecedented fusion of East and West in Nanluoguxiang Hutong, where new pubs and restaurants have given it an urban appearance.
Then, we will transfer to Jingshan Park, climb the man-made hill and and gaze over the beautifully lit-up Forbidden City and other landmarks.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), No.44 Jingshanxi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China
Jingshan Park is superbly landscaped with hills to ascend by steps, clear lakes and dignified ancient buildings. It used to be one of the ancient imperial gardens in Beijing, and now has developed as a peaceful public park. Vigorous cypresses are planted widely in the park, creating a quiet and solemn atmosphere with the golden-glazed ancient pavilions.
Because of close to north of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park is the best place for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City and central Beijing. At dusk, the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful, palace eaves decorated with golden rays of the setting sun.
Afterwards, enjoy comfortable transfer back to Beijing Capital International Airport to catch your flight or your hotel. Wrap your memories and say good-bye.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Beijing, China
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from Beijing Capital International Airport or nearby hotelsAirports
- Capital Airport, Shunyi, Beijing 101300 China
Departure Time :8:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.