Explore 800 years day to day life in a unique way
away from the crowds
In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences.
Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing.
Each Hutong has a name. Some have had only one name since their creation, while others have had several throughout their history.
Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.
Many such hutong-like areas have been demolished.
During the period of the Republic of China from 1911 to 1948, society was unstable, fraught with civil wars and repeated foreign invasions. Beijing deteriorated, and the conditions of the hutongs worsened. Siheyuans previously owned and occupied by single families were subdivided and shared by many households, with additions tacked on as needed, built with whatever materials were available.
Daily life of 800Years.
Hutong is an ancient alley or lane typical of Beijing. As the city develops, its traditional hutongs are disappearing quickly. Hutongs wind through local residences, exposing years of tradition & history. Some are older than 700 years. A bike is the best choice to explore these timeless mazes surrounding the Forbidden city. Bicycle Kingdom’s tour guides know the name of each alleyway, and share the unique history hidden within. You’ll learn the code to identify the resident’s rank and prosperity. You’ll explore courtyards, Antique Street, Beijing’s lakes and Drum Tower. Bike Hutong explores civilian Beijing, telling the story of growth and change,daily local life from ancient to present. In the end of this tour,you will cycle around the Forbidden City or TianAnMen Square and finish at Bike Beijing shop.
|1st March to 31st October|
|1st November to 28th February|