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Beijing by Bike, Beijing tour

Private Beijing: Beijing Bike Tour

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Be one of the estimated nine million bicyclists in China on this Beijing tour. Spin your wheels through the backstreets and hutongs, stopping for quirky hutong stories, to admire some of the city’s top sights and to enjoy a tasty local lunch.

 
This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Highlights:
  • Zigzag through the ancient alleyways and hutongs of Beijing
  • Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City for a different perspective of this former royal palace
  • Discover the secrets and backroads in the ancient city for a real insight into the local life
  • Make some friends as you enjoy lunch with a local family at a friendly hutong house and experience their lifestyle firsthand  

Tour style:Cycling, local life & culture
Inclusions:Local English speaking guide, bike rental, lunch at a Hutong
Exclusions:Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3.5 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Nanluoguxiang Station,  Exit F

  • Start time: 9.00 AM
  • Finish point:

    Bike rental point near Drum and Bell Square, Xicheng District (GULOU area).


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Additional information: NOTE: Helmets are provided at the beginning of the tour.  
  • Dress standard: You will need comfortable clothes for cycling.
  • Child policy: Children and teens under age 18 are not permitted to join this tour.
  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Itinerary:

Beijing is a city that’s both modern and traditional, forward-looking and connected to its past, and in our opinion, one of the best ways to experience it all is by bike.

Although modernising at a rapid pace, for now, China's capital still preserves its ancient and traditional heart in the winding alleyways and backstreets around the Forbidden City. Known as hutongs, these lanes are still home to many of Beijing's residents as well as shops, markets, temples, and historic buildings.

As our Beijing bike tour winds through the hutongs, you'll have a unique view of this traditional way of life and witness this neighbourhood as it slowly disappears and the developers move in. Riding along the Forbidden City moat and through the parks nearby is hands down one of our favourite experiences, as it gives you a different perspective on this formerly “forbidden city” now being a welcoming open place for the non-royals.

Visit a very well preserved Hutong family home and enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch, cooked with love by the family themselves and chat to them about life in Beijing. 

Hop back on to your bikes and continue our cycling journey through the hutongs until you are back at the drum tower. We’ll then hop on the public bus for a 15 minute ride back to the bike rental place, as your guide points out more of the city’s historic landmarks and top foodie joints!

If you’d like to continue to the hutong experience in a different way, sampling some of the most popular snacks and visit a local produce market to learn a bit about Chinese cooking ingredients and spices, feel free to join us in the afternoon Beijing food tour which starts at 4pm. Your local guide can give you more information if you are interested.

(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Beijing by Bike group tour.)

This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.


Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour