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Beijing's hutongs are narrow atmospheric alleyways lined with small houses, whose distinctive oriental grey rooftops cluster around central courtyards. Visiting the hutongs is like being transported back in time; it is here that we find Beijing's traditional core, a place to see timeless local life in action, try authentic cuisine, buy local handicrafts and artwork, pause at a tea house and learn Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and local street games. They can be explored on foot, bicycle or by rickshaw and can also include the chance to meet a family and share lunch with them.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in Beijing
What to do in Beijing

Special in-depth Beijing tour

Gain an in-depth perspective on Beijing's past and present with our specially designed tour of the capital.

Beijing off the beaten track

Delve into Beijing's lesser visited places to gain different perspectives on life here, away from the crowds.

Temple of Heaven Park

Climb the sacred steps to one of China’s finest temples and observe locals taking their morning exercises.