Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

8 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


This amazing classic city tour of Beijing that includes both visiting the most popular attractions and also some small historic alleys. You will start your day from walking around the Tian'anmen Square, heading to Forbidden City, riding on a rickshaw to Hutong and end up your day by going to Temple of Heaven. Hotel transfer and entrance tickets are all included. You can choose different Language.


  • Professional guide
  • Private car and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
  • Hutong rickshaw ride
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Shichahai station
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

After picking you up from your centrally located hotel in Beijing around 8:30am, you will start your day trip by visiting Tian'anmen Square, the world’s largest public square. Explore the sites around the square with opportunities to take some amazing pictures. Then, venture northward to the Tian’anmen Rostrum guarded by the enormous and portrait of Mao for all to see and what has universally been photographed all over the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Next, heading to the magnificent Forbidden City, the largest Imperial Palace in the world. You’ll spend a couple of hours wandering around this amazing example of Imperial architecture and learning about the history of the palace. The whole morning tour will be around 2 hours.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Heaven, Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100050 China

After lunch, you will visit the classic and historic Hutong alleys by riding a rickshaw. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.

At the end, you will visit Temple of Heaven, it is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing.

After your classic city tour, your tour guide will send you back to your hotel in Beijing.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shichahai station, Shichahai, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, 100009

After Lunch at the local Chinese restaurant then you will take the ride drive to the hutong (old residential area) where the transport change into a delightful rickshaw! The 30 minute rickshaw tour stops at a local family where our special guests get insight into the home settings, life, and culture of traditional Beijingers.

Duration: 45 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please provide your hotel address for picking up
  • Please make sure to provide your passport number and name for entrance Forbidden City tickets purchase in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2023

This was our second tour with Catherine Lu Tours. Catherine organized our tours very professionally and promptly. Excellent service, everything went smoothly and efficiently. Both tours were absolutely amazing. Jenna our guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable, we learnt so much about Chin...

July 2019

Sophie is a great tour guide. Our son was a little disappointed that the wait for Hutong ride was 2 hours so Sophie improvised with a tour of the bell tower. Sophie helped us order a delicious lunch. She also explained the sites and took of our family. We really appreciated that! We booked th...

June 2019

This is my second trip to Beijing using Catherine Lu tours and my tour guide, Stephen. Stephen is knowledgeable in Chinese history and was able to provide us with good insight on our places of visit. He also has a good command of English and conversing with him was a breeze. He also ensured that ...

March 2019

Our group of nine adults and teens had a fantastic day touring Beijing with Sonia. Booking with Jenna and Catherine was so easy—they replied promptly and were very customer oriented and helpful. Sonia is funny and knowledgeable. We all loved her. We would definitely recommend Catherine Lu tours a...

September 2016

When we started to plan a one-week trip to Beijing, we looked around at a lot of tour agencies to see what types of guided trips they offered in Beijing to the Great Wall and Forbidden City. We did an awful lot of research on Trip Advisor to compare each so that we could maximize our time while ...

Kerryn B
July 2018

This is the best tour experience we have ever had. John, our tour guide had perfect english, was very friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of my two kids (age 8 and 11) who asked some unusual questions! He ensured that the day ran at our pace (it was a private tour) and pointed out...

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