Live - Walking

Secrets of the Oldest Beijing Hutongs

by Roy Li's Beijing Tours

Public experiences are in English unless specified as otherwise

  • Location
    Beijing, China
  • Duration
    1h (Public) / 1h (Private)
  • Group Size
    Up to guests (Public) Custom (Private)
  • Language(s)
    • English,
    • 中文 (Chinese)


Beijing people say that real Chinese culture lies in old Hutongs and their small courtyards. I'll take you through narrow labyrinth-like streets to get a feeling of authentic Chinese life off the tourist paths. 

You'll go deep into the oldest part of my city and get an insight into ordinary Beijingers' lifestyles. Due to the interlacement of the lanes, every house here has a joint wall with others, making it easy for residents to keep in touch with each other. You'll feel how deep and warm are relationships between neighbors. 

 We'll walk around the most famous Hutong in Beijing – Yandaixiejie & Hou Hai, which started its history at the end of the Qing Dynasty. There were many smoking pipe stores on the street, including Shuangshengtai. The store owner put a 1.5-meter-high (5-feet-high) wooden smoking pipe in front of the store as a sign. As time went by, the street was known by the whole city for its giant smoking pipe, hence its name. Some people also say that the road looks like a smoking pipe. I'll share exciting stories about this authentic place and its residents. 

 We'll explore Houhai (meaning "Back Sea"), a large artificial lake in northern downtown. Traditional Hutongs and courtyards characterize the time-honored Houhai area. Wandering around these old buildings, you will inevitably think of the old lifestyle and the life experience of these people.

Public Experience Private/Custom Experience
Who You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe. Exclusive experience for you and/or your party
Interaction You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants. You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.
Experience Standard, curated for the public. You can make custom requests to your interests.
When Choose from an available time. Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.
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Meet Your Guide

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Roy Li
Roy Li's Beijing Tours

Welcome to China and Beijing. My name is Roy Li, a professional English tour guide & tour operator and I have the guide certificate issued by the Beijing government. I have been a tour guide and tour operator since 2010! China is one of the four ancient civilizations, and I am proud of great Chinese history, but I know every country has its own unique and excellent culture. I am really happy to share everything about China with my travelers, come and see China with us!