This tour shows you Beijing’s ancient residential culture in the afternoon by visiting Shichahai and Nanluoguxiang. Then you’ll have the opportunity to try Beijing Duck at a great restaurant and go to a Peking Opera show
What to Expect
Meet your guide at 13:00 and you will be taken to Shichahai and Nanluoguxiang, the hutong’s two most famous tourist sites. The Hutongs have captured traditional Beijing’s essence, and spending time there offers a real look into authentic Beijing city life as many of Beijing’s residents still live in them and spend their days around the alleys. In fact, many of the alleys have been around for centuries. They sometimes feel a little bit like a village instead one of the biggest cities in the world.
Shichahaiis an area at the center of these hutongs and has three lakes. The lakes are called Qianhai, Houhai, and Xihai. Currently, the area surrounding the lakes is an entertainment area for locals and foreigners alike, with bars, clubs, and restaurants. During the day, you can explore the lakes and historic buildings along the lake. The lakes date back to the Jin Dynasty, and still harbors many temples and mansions that date back that far. In fact, ten temples line the lakes, some incorporating beautiful gardens.
Afterwards, you'll be brought to Nanluoguxiang, a well-preserved part of ancient Beijing with traditional architecture. The street received its name in the Qing Dynasty, around 1750, but has been around since the Yuan Dynasty. The area is a little bit gentrified and very popular with domestic and international tourists, but there are lovely shops with souvenirs and antiques, as well as cafes and bars. Turning left or right into any of the smaller and quieter alleys leading off Nanluoguxiang you’ll be able to see the residences in which Beijingers, both those born in Beijing and people who have since moved to the city, still live to this day. In the same area are the Drum and Bell Towers, the centerpieces of the hutongs in this area. In ancient times they were used to officially mark time, with the bell announcing the start of the day and the drum marking the end of it.To quench your thirst following the climb up the stairs, taste traditional Chinese tea at a teahouse inside the Bell Tower.
Your dinner in the evening will be an unforgettable experience tasting one of the most famous cuisines in Peking Roast Duck (or you can also call it Beijing Duck). It is best known for its remarkable marinated duck,its crisp skin a rich amber hue, which you can wrap in tiny pancakes with plum sauce, cucumber, spring onion, and sometimes hami melon. Your guide will help you and explain the history of Beijing Duck, and how it is traditionally eaten in Beijing for the full experience.
After dinner it’s time to enjoy a Peking Opera show. The opera starts at the impressive Liyuan Theater at 19:10 every day. You'll be taken 20-30 minutes before the show so that you will have a chance to see the experienced performers putting on their make-up in the dressing room. The Liyuan Theatre has performed Peking Opera since 1990, and is one of the leading venues in the birthplace of opera, the capital city. Although Chinese opera has spread throughout the country, each city has their own twist to it. While you’re in Beijing checking out Peking Opera is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When the show ends, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
- Transfer with an English-speaking guide on board
- English-speaking guide at all attractions
- Entrance ticket to the tour site as identified in the itinerary
- Meal as identified in the itinerary (dinner)
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)