Private Beijing Night Tour with Hutong Family Dinner and Back Lakes Boat Cruise

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: China, China, Beijing

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  • 5 hours
  • Beijing
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Immerse in Chinese culture and discover the heart of Beijing on this 4-5 hours private night tour. You'll see the Drum Tower and Bell Tower, ride a boat on Back Lakes (Hou Hai) with a Chinese musician, enjoy dinner in a local family in 'hutong' alleyway, visit a traditional courtyard house, and explore Yandai Xie Street.

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Stop At: Bell and Drum Towers, Di'anmen Wai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Depart your central Beijing hotel by private, air-conditioned minivan with your guide. Stop to view the Bell and Drum Towers, and learn how they were used to announce the time — the bell in the morning and the drum by evening — during China’s Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Yandai Xie Street, Di'anmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Continue into the nearby hutong neighborhood and walk along Yandaixie Street, one of Beijing’s oldest lanes. Pass the imperial-style architecture and shops, and visit a family home for a traditional, home-cooked dinner.

Chat about daily family life here as you eat, and continue around the hutongs to see a courtyard house (siheyuan). Discover how these vintage homes are some of Beijing’s most expensive properties, and then discover the Back Lakes (Houhai), one of the city’s most popular night-time haunts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Admire the beautiful lake and waterside bars as you learn how the area’s excellent feng shui attracted high-ranking court officials during the Ming and Qing eras. Then, follow in their footsteps with a 60-minute private lake rowing boat cruise. Savor tea and snacks, and relax as a musician serenades you with a guzheng (zither) or pipa (lute).

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Family visit and dinner
  • Chartered boat cruise
  • Tea and snacks on boat
  • Guzheng (Chinese zither) or pipa (Chinese lute) performance
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Bell and Drum Towers
  • Entry/Admission - Yandai Xie Street
  • Entry/Admission - Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour involves quite some walking
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guide will meet you in your Beijing hotel lobby

Voucher info

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


5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


21 Aug, 2017

I am 72 years old had my sister 62 years, after start and walking the guide said its a walk tour which we hardly can go on with it.
The first part was a torture not a tour.
The boat part was good even after the heavy rain, all the 16 persons of different ages enjoyed this part


13 Oct, 2017

Great. The dinner with the local family was amazing! Worth every penny.

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