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Back Lakes (Hou Hai) Tours and Activities

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Located in the Xicheng District in central Beijing, Back Lakes (Houhai) is a neighborhood and one of the three lakes that make up Shichahai, along with Front Lake (Qianhai) and West Lake (Xihai). This popular area is known for its lakes, traditional hutongs (alleys) and courtyards, and a lively mix of trendy boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

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Half-Day Private Beijing Hutong Walking Tour with Dim Sum

Half-Day Private Beijing Hutong Walking Tour with Dim Sum

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Beijing’s hutong feel much more atmospheric with a private guide on hand to tell their stories and answer all your questions. Experience big-ticket highlights such as the Bell and Drum Towers, Yandai Xie Street, Back Lakes, and Yinding Bridge alongside lesser-known courtyards on this door-to-door tour. Along the way, try bubble tea, red bean dessert, and “mantou” buns, then dine (or lunch) on the best dim sum in town.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00
Price varies by group size

3-Day Private Tour of Incredible Beijing Highlights

3-Day Private Tour of Incredible Beijing Highlights

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Hit the incredible highlights of Beijing without the hassles of planning on this 3-Day door-to-door private tour. Check off Five of Beijing’s biggest attractions—Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Ming Tombs for a more. Stroll through historic Hutong alleys. Upgrade for a comprehensive package with private driver with car, toboggan, cable car, rickshaw and lunch.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$478.00
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$478.00
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Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

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Watch Beijing light up for the night on a nighttime sightseeing tour of China’s capital city. Travel with a private guide in a comfortable vehicle to see Tiananmen Square, and admire the dramatic architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarters and Beijing National Stadium. Explore a maze of food stalls at the Donghuamen Night Market and Wangfujing Night Market; discover some great local bars around Houhai Lake, and check out the colorfully lit Central Business District shopping centers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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$98.00
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Beijing Private 2-Day Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

Beijing Private 2-Day Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

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The perfect mix of independent and all-inclusive, this jam-packed, two-day tour of Beijing’s top sights picks you up from your hotel each morning to tour China’s history-filled capital. Tick off all the city’s highlights, from a guided visit to the Forbidden City to a rickshaw tour of a traditional Hutong.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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$375.00
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Private Full-Day Tour Beijing City Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour Beijing City Highlights

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Particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese, a private guide can transform the Beijing experience. Say no to hustlers and discover the city by private car or public transport on this door-to-door private tour. Check off three of Beijing’s biggest attractions—Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven—and stroll through historic hutong alleys. A comprehensive package with private guide, entrance fees, Taxi fare and lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.00
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$168.00
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2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

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Hit the highlights of Beijing without the hassles of planning on this 2-day private sightseeing trip. Visit Five world UNESCO Heritages including the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace. Discover Beijing’s highlights without the hassle. A comprehensive package with private driver to Great Wall, City Taxi fare, cable car and lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$459.00
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$459.00
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Private Beijing 3-Day Tour

Private Beijing 3-Day Tour

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Hit the highlights of Beijing without the hassles of planning on this multi-day private sightseeing trip. Customize your own itinerary: choose between ten different destinations, from the Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo to centuries-old royal mausoleums at Ming Tombs. You’ll also cover classic standbys like the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall, which you can experience by toboggan or chair-lift ride.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$530.00
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$530.00
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3-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City, Great Wall, Hutong and Lunch

3-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City, Great Wall, Hutong and Lunch

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Discover the best of Beijing and Imperial China on a private, three-day tour of the city’s top highlights, from Tian’anmen Square to the Great Wall of China. With an expert guide to take care of the details, you’ll be free to immerse yourself in Beijing history, culture, and cuisine, exploring the city at your own pace. This three-day tour includes lunch each day, all transport in a private vehicle, and entrance fees, plus a dragon boat ride at the Summer Palace during warm months.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$518.00
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$518.00
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4-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Bike Tour with Dumpling Lunch

4-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Bike Tour with Dumpling Lunch

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There’s no better way to discover traditional Beijing life in authentic “hutong” neighborhoods than with a private guide. This door-to-door private bike tour combines the well-known attractions with less-visited lanes where locals still go about their daily lives. Besides Nanluoguxiang, Back Lakes, and Yandai Xie Street, see a drum show at the Drum Tower, enjoy a dumpling lunch, and visit some newly renovated “hutong” beside the Grand Canal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Beijing Imperial Dining Experience at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant with Houhai Lake Bar Tour

Beijing Imperial Dining Experience at Bai Jia Da Yuan Restaurant with Houhai Lake Bar Tour

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Celebrate an evening in Beijing in imperial style with this 4-hour dinner and evening sightseeing experience. Travel by private vehicle to the famous Bai Jia Da Yuan restaurant, housed in a Qing-era palace surrounded by exotic gardens. Enjoy an imperial-inspired dinner entertained by live Chinese opera cameos, and then enjoy a sightseeing drive around some of Beijing’s top landmarks. Finish with a tour of lively, lakeside Houhai street, including a bar stop for a beer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
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$248.00
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4-Hour Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Authentic Chinese Dinner on Hutong Street

4-Hour Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Authentic Chinese Dinner on Hutong Street

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Under the cloak of darkness, Beijing transforms into an illuminated wonderland. This private 4-hour tour allows you to experience the Chinese capital by night and includes an authentic meal from a restaurant of your choice. See Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and Beijing National Stadium lit up and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

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Take advantage of your long Beijing layover with a private chauffeured transfer to the Great Wall and city center. Enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.  After arrival at PEK airport, your driver is ready to take you to your chosen attractions. Relax in private transportation for the duration of the tour and return to the airport with ample time to catch your flight.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Private Beijing Night Tour with Royal Cuisine Dining Experience and Performances

Private Beijing Night Tour with Royal Cuisine Dining Experience and Performances

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Beneath the cloak of darkness, Beijing erupts into a riot of neon-lit color. Enjoy a personalized experience of China’s capital on a private evening tour that includes a VIP dining experience and a performance. Feast on a Chinese set menu and watch a performance featuring opera, face-changing, and acrobatics. Then, visit the Olympic Village (Olympic Green), Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Yandaixiejie Hutong, and Houhai Lake. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.00
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$156.00
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Private Beijing Shopping Tour

Private Beijing Shopping Tour

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Shop until you drop while in Beijing, accompanied by an expert guide who takes you to the best spots to find the items you want during your private 6-hour tour. No need to worry about transportation or other logistics, simply tell your guide where you’d like to go and store your purchases in your private vehicle. Your guide can customize the itinerary to your interests, whether you want to shop for clothing, electronics, housewares or other goods. Options include the Hongqiao (Pearl) Market, Liulichang Antique Market (Liulichang Xijie) and Maliandao Tea Market.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.00
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$116.00
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Beijing Evening Private Tour: Wangfujin Food Stands, Hutongs and Houhai Lakes

Beijing Evening Private Tour: Wangfujin Food Stands, Hutongs and Houhai Lakes

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Enjoy some of the nightlife of Beijing on this private tour with a guide who introduces you to the Wangfujiang Night Food Market. Walk through the Houhai Bar Street in the Back Lakes (Hou Hai) area and Nanluoguxiang Street. Enjoy the personalized service of a private guide. Any food or drinks are at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.59
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$82.59
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Private Customized Beijing Layover Tour of City Highlights

Private Customized Beijing Layover Tour of City Highlights

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Why waste time sitting around Beijing Airport on your next long layover when you can head straight out to the city to explore the sites. With this flexible private tour you can pick spots that interest you, depending on how much time you have, and your guide will prepare an itinerary just for you!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.00
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$148.00
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Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

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Discover Beijing’s scenic side on this private half-day tour by bike and metro. Visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City; enjoy a delicious Chinese-style lunch overlooking Shichahai Lake; then glide around Houhai Lake on a leisurely bike tour. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.00
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$118.00
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Tiananmen Square ,Forbidden City, Hutong Rickshaw ,Summer Palace Private Tour

Tiananmen Square ,Forbidden City, Hutong Rickshaw ,Summer Palace Private Tour

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Hit the Beijing highlights in just a day with the help of a private guide and driver on this time-saving door-to-door tour. See the sights of Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City palace complex, and stroll the gardens and pavilions of the Summer Palace. Along the way, ride a rickshaw through the “hutong” alleyways around Back Lakes to meet a local family, and enjoy a dragon boat cruise.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.00
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$166.00
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Private Customized Beijing Night Tour To Wangfujing Food Street And Pipe Hutong

Private Customized Beijing Night Tour To Wangfujing Food Street And Pipe Hutong

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See Beijing come alive after dark—and follow in locals’ footsteps—on this private walking and subway tour of the city. Depart from your hotel in the early evening, and set off. You’ll travel first to Wangfujing, a street known for its bustling, tantalizing outdoor market. After sampling what catches your eye, browse through the area’s shops and stop for dinner at a Peking duck or hot pot restaurant, if preferred (own expense). Continue the tour to Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium, and other highlights.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Private Beijing Night Tour with Mr. Shi's Dumplings, Great Leap Brewing and Houhai Lake

Private Beijing Night Tour with Mr. Shi's Dumplings, Great Leap Brewing and Houhai Lake

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Whether you’re looking for a romantic night with your significant other or a fun-filled night with friends, this private 4-hour food and beer tour in Beijing is for you. From a dinner at Mr. Shi’s Dumplings to a stop at a local brewery, and a stroll along the lake, your night is planned out for you, so you can enjoy some of the best things Beijing has to offer without the stress of organizing it yourself. Plus, your transportation is taken care off, too, to further put your mind at ease.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.00
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$158.00
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2-Day Private Incredible Beijing Highlight Tour

2-Day Private Incredible Beijing Highlight Tour

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Particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese, a private guide can transform the Beijing experience. Say no to hustlers and discover the city by private car or public transport on this door-to-door private tour. Check off Six of Beijing’s biggest attractions—Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Great Wall of Mutianyu and Ming Tombs—and stroll through historic hutong alleys. A comprehensive package with private driver to Great Wall, City Taxi fare, entrance fees and lunch are all inclusive
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$448.00
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$448.00
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Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch/Dinner

Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch/Dinner

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Walk around Beijing’s imperial parks and 'hutongs' (old quarters) on this private 7-hour tour. Climb Jingshan Hill for panoramas over the Forbidden City, and explore the imperial gardens of Beihai Park. Ride a boat here (April to November only), and savor an imperial-style lunch at Beihai’s Fangshan restaurant. Plus, visit a family home on a guided stroll around the hutongs, and watch a drum-beating ceremony at the Drum Tower. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.00
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$198.00
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3-Day Private Beijing Combo Package Tour with Night Show Option

3-Day Private Beijing Combo Package Tour with Night Show Option

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Discover Beijing and the mysteries of imperial China in this private 3-day Beijing classic tour. You will see the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Lama Temple, the Great Wall of China, Hutong and a lot more! You can choose either Mutianyu or Huanghuacheng session based on your interests. Between April 1 to October 31, you can enjoy a boat ride at Huanghuacheng as it's a very unique water Great Wall session. Entrance fees, professional tour guide, local lunch and private vehicle are all inclusive in this tour combo package.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$498.00
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$498.00
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Beijing Luxury Dinner at Lost Heaven and VIP seated Acrobatic show plus Houhai Visit

Beijing Luxury Dinner at Lost Heaven and VIP seated Acrobatic show plus Houhai Visit

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Book a whole night's worth of activities in Beijing easily with just one tour. This tour package includes a seat to an acrobat show at Chaoyang Theater and dinner at the well-liked Lost Heaven restaurant near Tiananmen Square. Plus, you'll go on a guided walk through Beijing's Houhai Lake area, which is quite famous around the world for its bright nightlife scene.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$252.00
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$252.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Back Lakes (Hou Hai) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Back Lakes (Hou Hai) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Back Lakes (Hou Hai) costs USD 22.00. Guided Back Lakes (Hou Hai) tours start around USD 22.00 per person.
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