Beijing's Old Hutongs

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    14 Nov 2014
    Clock 60min      Length2mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    The hutongs are the historic heart of old Beijing. Join us on this 3km walk from the Drum Tower to the Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple, through a winding labyrinth of alleyways and local colour.

    IMPORTANT: There is a GPS offset in China, and as a result your position on Google and Apple maps will be incorrect. This issue doesn't affect the offline map, so after you've downloaded all the audio files, but before you hit start, turn off WiFi and data and you'll be able to track your position on the route.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Confucius Temple, Lama Temple

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Get yourself to the south side of the Drum Tower. If you're taking the subway, get out at Exit C of Shichahai Station on line 8, turn right and walk up. You'll see the tower in front of you: it's a big square red building, past a fork of traffic.

    Alternatively, take a taxi to "Gulou" and you should end up at the same spot. Either way, walk over the fork of traffic and get right up close to the barred gate.

    Note this is not the entrance to the Drum Tower (the way in is on the north side, next to a quieter courtyard), but is where the walk begins.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Ancient Liquor museum, Imperial College, Confucius Temple, Yonghegong Lama Temple

    Best time to walk:

    A lazy afternoon

    Precautions:

    Watch out for traffic

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    Missing

    It is really a good tour, and made my walk in this winter lovely

    Missing

    Wonderful walking tour. We found the comments and stories to be charming, entertaining and informative. Many of the things we had noticed walking around Beijing were discussed in the walking tour. A couple of the restaurants referenced were gone, but overall the information is still accurate. The walking path itself was nice as well.

    Missing

    I this is a wonderful walking tour and I really can't recommend it enough. It feels as though your walking though the city with an old friend who's showing you their favorite places.
    The technology with the app is really seamless and you flow along the journey quite smoothly.
    I would recommend dedicating longer than the hour indicated, you'll want to stop in and visit some of the places you pass by.
    The only disappointing thing is that there aren't more tours available!

    Missing

    Great tour, highly recommended. Gave a great insight into the old Beijing with some great stories along the way. We started a little late, doing it on dusk, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Picked up some nice beers from some local craft beer bars along the way to add to the experience.

    Posted by /users/1544-38f900a9-7432-4220-b373-c27787828bc6 , almost 2 years ago
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    Glad you enjoyed it!

    Alec Route Creator , almost 2 years ago
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    Great tour, highly recommended. Gave a great insight into the old Beijing with some great stories along the way. We started a little late, doing it on dusk, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Picked up some nice beers from some local craft beer bars along the way to add to the experience.

    Posted by /users/1544-38f900a9-7432-4220-b373-c27787828bc6 , almost 2 years ago
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    Great tour, highly recommended. Gave a great insight into the old Beijing with some great stories along the way. We started a little late, doing it on dusk, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Picked up some nice beers from some local craft beer bars along the way to add to the experience.

    Posted by /users/1544-38f900a9-7432-4220-b373-c27787828bc6 , almost 2 years ago

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