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Hutong Bicycle Tour - City Overview and Extinct Performance

Overview of half of the city and enjoy the traditional Tea House. Watch the extinct performance.

$122

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    We don't take you to the popular the touristic Hutongs. Instead, you'll see the real local life of the native people nowadays. The Hutongs we choose are the most characteristic ones and you could never find by yourself if you have no guide.

    There you’ll see the real life of people: how the housewives shop in the morning, nursing babies in front of their doors, and the aged people enjoying the sunlight and morning exercises, school children on their way...

    You’ll pass through some shabby Hutongs and experience the contrast of a atmosphere in both shabby hutongs and in modernity.

    We’ll pass by the Memorial Hall of Mr. Mei Lan Fang (the most famous Peking Opera actress in the 20th century, who performed in the United States in 1930). You can go inside to look around or just look outside. The entrance fee of this Memorial Hall is not included. The entry is optional.

    Through some more narrow Hutongs where local citizens live, we’ll pass by the Temple of White Pagoda (a buddhist temple built in 12th century) and Imperial Temple of Emperors of Successive Dynasties. The entrance fees of these temples are not included and both entries are optional.

    Our last stop will be the nearly extinct performance in Beijing: One-Person Performance, performed by Mr. Yu, who inherited the skill from his father and grandfather. His grandfather, a famous performer of Beijing local folk performing in old times, created such type of performance in late Qing Dynasty. His father and he himself carried on the legacy from his grandfather and forwarded this form of art. The performance involves playing of different traditional musical instruments (some instruments can't be found and see anywhere else and nobody else could play any more), singing, folk ballads and tongue twisters vocally performed with the accompaniment on allegro. Lasting for about 10 to 15 minutes, all these would be performed by one individual performer. The ticket of this performance is included in the tour. You’ll just need to go and enjoy.

     We'll stop at Laoshe Tea House, which is a typical Chinese tea house. You can enjoy the locally tasted tea served in big bowl (a traditional way of tea serving) there (optional). The fees for big-bowled tea is NOT included.

Price:
1 person : ¥700CNY ($122 USD);
2-6 persons: ¥480 CNY/person ($84 USD/person).

Inclusion:
Use of bicycle;
English speaking tour guide;
Ticket of One-person performance;
One bottle of water;
Souvenir.

Exclusion:
All entrance tickets of temples and memorial hall (sites are optional);
Fees for big-bowled tea at Laoshe Tea House (optional);
Meal;
Any other personal expenses. 


                     
This Hutong bicycle tour will enable you to take a overview of almost half of the city of Beijing, experiencing the contrasts between the shabby Hutongs and the modern buildings. More importantly, you'll have the chance to enjoy a special and traditional Beijing folk performance that is nearly extinct now and could be found nowhere else - One-Person Performance, which involves the playing of several different Chinese musical instruments and some local ballads vocally performed with the accompaniment on allegro. A traditional Chinese teahouse could be a comfortable place for you to take a rest and tasting local-styled tea served in big bowl. Moreover, the street of antique shops where you can find a variety of articles for Chinese painting and calligraphy will also appear in this tour. Within the 4 or 5 hours, you'll see nearly all the aspects of the city and culture, new life in old Hutongs, traditonally situated among modernities.

We don't take you to the popular the touristic Hutongs. Instead, you'll see the real local life of the native people nowadays. The Hutongs we choose are the most characteristic ones and you could never find by yourself if you have no guide.

There you’ll see the real life of people: how the housewives shop in the morning, nursing babies in front of their doors, and the aged people enjoying the sunlight and morning exercises, school children on their way...

You’ll pass through some shabby Hutongs and experience the contrast of a atmosphere in both shabby hutongs and in modernity.

We’ll pass by the Memorial Hall of Mr. Mei Lan Fang (the most famous Peking Opera actress in the 20th century, who performed in the United States in 1930). You can go inside to look around or just look outside. The entrance fee of this Memorial Hall is not included. The entry is optional.

Through some more narrow Hutongs where local citizens live, we’ll pass by the Temple of White Pagoda (a buddhist temple built in 12th century) and Imperial Temple of Emperors of Successive Dynasties. The entrance fees of these temples are not included and both entries are optional.

Our last stop will be the nearly extinct performance in Beijing: One-Person Performance, performed by Mr. Yu, who inherited the skill from his father and grandfather. His grandfather, a famous performer of Beijing local folk performing in old times, created such type of performance in late Qing Dynasty. His father and he himself carried on the legacy from his grandfather and forwarded this form of art. The performance involves playing of different traditional musical instruments (some instruments can't be found and see anywhere else and nobody else could play any more), singing, folk ballads and tongue twisters vocally performed with the accompaniment on allegro. Lasting for about 10 to 15 minutes, all these would be performed by one individual performer. The ticket of this performance is included in the tour. You’ll just need to go and enjoy.

We'll stop at Laoshe Tea House, which is a typical Chinese tea house. You can enjoy the locally tasted tea served in big bowl (a traditional way of tea serving) there (optional). The fees for big-bowled tea is NOT included.

Price:
1 person : ¥700CNY ($122 USD);
2-6 persons: ¥480 CNY/person ($84 USD/person).

Inclusion:
Use of bicycle;
English speaking tour guide;
Ticket of One-person performance;
One bottle of water;
Souvenir.

Exclusion:
All entrance tickets of temples and memorial hall (sites are optional);
Fees for big-bowled tea at Laoshe Tea House (optional);
Meal;
Any other personal expenses.

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