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Beijing by Bike

Highlights / General details

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, a tasty local lunch, and a visit to a local community organization.

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.

Learn the secrets and backroads in the ancient city for a real insight into the local life.

Make some friends while enjoying lunch with our friends at a local community organization.

Inclusion

Local English speaking guide; Bike rental; Lunch; NGO visit.

Exclusion

Items of a personal nature; Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide.

Hours of operation

Available: Tuesday, Thursday; Start time at 9:00am.

Duration

Approximately 5 - 6 hours.

Location

Meeting point: Shichahai Metro Station (Line 8), outside exit A2.

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

Itinerary

Although modernizing 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 neighborhood 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 favorite experiences, as it gives you a different perspective on this formerly “forbidden city” now being a welcoming open place for the non-royals.

Visit some of our local friends at Huiling and enjoy a simple, yet tasty Chinese lunch in a hutong house. Huiling is a community-based NGO which does great work for mentally challenged people, and on our visit you will have a chance to learn about the work that they do and make some friends in the workshop.

Hop back on to your bikes and continue our cycling journey through the hutongs until you are back at the drum tower, where our Beijing bike tour will come to an end.

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.

Participant restrictions

Child policy: Children are not permitted on this tour – all participants must be above 18 years old.

Additional Information

You will need comfortable clothes for cycling.

Helmets are provided at the beginning of the tour.

Policies

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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