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Drum Tower (Gulou) Tours and Tickets

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The Beijing Drum Tower (Gulou) stands just south of its sibling, the Bell Tower (Zhonglou), in the Beijing district that bears its name. First built in the 13th century, the striking red structure has been rebuilt several times. It originally held 25 drums that kept time for the city, and today it hosts regular drumming performances.

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Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

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If you have a layover in Beijing, use your time to see the city's highlights on this private tour. Hit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Great Wall in a full day, maximizing your time by traveling in a private vehicle. Pickup and drop-off according to your flight schedule at Beijing International Airport, lunch included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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$202.00
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Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

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Make the most of a short stay in Beijing on this comprehensive private two-day tour. On day one you’ll visit many highlights in the capital–including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City–and on day two you’ll travel out to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Enjoy a scenic dragon boat ride to the Summer Palace. Get personalized attention and a chance to ask questions on a private tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
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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
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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 Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

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Weave your way around charming streets and ancient alleys (hutongs) on a rickshaw tour of Beijing. Clamber into your traditional mode of transport and discover an alternative side of Beijing; see locals going about daily life and marvel at spectacular sights like Drum Tower. Visit a local home to gain insight into ancient Chinese customs and culture and sip aromatic tea collected from local plantations. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.67
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$58.67

Private Tour-3 Hour Old Beijing Hutong and Traditional Pekin Hot Pot

Private Tour-3 Hour Old Beijing Hutong and Traditional Pekin Hot Pot

This is 3hours private tour, follow our professional tour guide to walk in the famous Beijing old Hutong alley and visit the famous Ming Dynasty Drum Tower . Tasting the local famous Pekin hot pot in a local popular Hutong restaurant. Private transportation for the tour, hotel pick up is included. Entrance fee of Drum Tower is included as well. Two options for this tour booking, the morning tour depart at 9am in the morning, the afternoon tour depart at 3pm in the afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Beijing Private Customized Shopping and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Beijing Private Customized Shopping and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

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Combine sightseeing with shopping on a private tour of Beijing. With a private guide, choose between top Beijing attractions such as the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and visit the best of Beijing’s shopping streets and souvenir stores. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.00
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$148.00
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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
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$198.00
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$198.00
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Private Hutong Culture Tour with Dumpling Cooking Class plus Cricket Fighting Game

Private Hutong Culture Tour with Dumpling Cooking Class plus Cricket Fighting Game

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Explore the centuries-old 'hutongs' of Beijing, including a rickshaw ride down the narrow alleys. Visit temples and get a bird's-eye view from atop the Drum Tower. Other highlights on this private tour include learning to make dumplings, watching cricket fighting, and eating authentic food with a local family.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.00
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$188.00
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Private Night Tour: Drink like The Beijinger

Private Night Tour: Drink like The Beijinger

Party down and learn a thing or two about Chinese food and drink with this epic, three-hour small group experience. Ever heard of Erguotou? You'll soon learn all there is to know about this traditional liquor and much more as you meander through local bars and breweries, guided by informative hosts who are enthusiastic about highlighting the authentic taste of Beijing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.00
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$168.00
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3-Hour Private Hutong Walking Tour with Drum Show at Drum Tower and Tea Tasting

3-Hour Private Hutong Walking Tour with Drum Show at Drum Tower and Tea Tasting

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Explore the hutongs of Beijing on a private walking tour that introduces you to these narrow streets and alleys typical of this part of China. You'll walk around Houhai Lake and along Yandai Xie Street (aka Tobacco Pipe Street), plus watch a drumming performance and enjoy a tea ceremony at Bell and Drum Towers.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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$72.00
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Private Tour-Beijing by Bike at Night

Private Tour-Beijing by Bike at Night

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Explore the winding streets of Beijing on a 3-hour private bike tour with an experienced guide. Admire the illuminated city at night as you bike along Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Cycle down Nanluoguxiang Alley to see trendy shops built along Beijing’s ancient alleys, and enjoy the lush environment of Shichahai Lake and Jingshan Park. Hear stories about Beijing's history and contemporary life from your informative guide, and enjoy frequent stops for photo ops. Your guide ensures a safe, fun and fascinating tour of Beijing by bike.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.03
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$110.03
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Private Night Tour: Discover Beijing in Bustling Lights

Private Night Tour: Discover Beijing in Bustling Lights

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There’s no better way to see Beijing by night than from a car. This private transport service ensures you see the sights—and the lights—without struggling with taxis or waiting for strangers. Following a fixed itinerary with photo stops, discover Beijing ancient and modern—from the Forbidden City to the Olympic site, from Back Lakes to Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV building.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Private Beijing Night Tour with Hutong Family Dinner and Back Lakes Boat Cruise

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

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Explore the heart of Beijing, including its old ‘hutong’ quarters on this private evening tour. See the Bell and Drum Towers, and discover hutong alleyways and courtyard homes as you learn about life here. Savor dinner in a family home and enjoy a private rowing boat cruise on the Back Lakes (Houhai), complete with tea, snacks, and traditional lute or zither music. Central hotel pickup and drop-off, and private minivan transport included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$195.00
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$195.00
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Beijing Food Tour with Peking Duck

Beijing Food Tour with Peking Duck

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Get out of your comfort zone and experience Chinese food at its best on this food-focused Beijing Hutong Food Walking tour. Work up an appetite and join us for dinner, or really test your taste buds with the breakfast option. Enjoy informative insights into traditional cuisine from your professional guide, who leads you through zig-zagging streets of traditional Hutongs and get an authentic taste on offer at various local restaurants. Dumplings, Beijing crepes, Peking noodles, Tsingtao, Baijiu and Peking Duck.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.29
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$74.29
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Imperial Beijing

Imperial Beijing

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Discover Beijing by Night on this spooky trip through the back street Hutongs. Perhaps you'll see a ghost or maybe just a ferret running across the rooftops. Riding in Old Beijing at night is a real treat, not to be taken for granted. The low lit Hutongs become mysterious and mesmerising. On this adventure, you'll see many of the iconic landmarks in the city, or at least the silhouettes of the landmarks. As the lights go out, there is a whole new feel to Beijing and it's our favourite time to be out! Beijing comes alive at night time and you will see and feel the warm and welcoming nature in Old Beijing and the locals who live here. Every evening people will come out to play, sing and dance in the Night. You can even join in if you've got the moves. This is an adventure that our guides love the most, because of its unique feel that you simply cannot get anywhere else.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.47
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$63.47

Beijing Layover Classic Night Tour

Beijing Layover Classic Night Tour

Like most metropolises, night in Beijing is seldom dark, with the ancient city illuminated by mesmerizing lights and surrounded by the wonders of the modern world. If you are a fan of neon and city lights, here are the places you should go to enjoy the night view by walking.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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$84.00
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Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

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Explore Beijing’s historic hutong neighborhoods by E-bike with a local, enthusiastic guide. You’re up for 2-3 hours of fun, while hearing all about the ancient traditions and visiting important landmarks. Your guide will explain Beijing’s history and culture and answer all your questions. This is a unique way to get around the hutongs, and you will be provided photos to prove it!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.40
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$62.40

Private Beijing Bike Tour

Private Beijing Bike Tour

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Get to know Beijing on a 5-hour bike tour with an experienced local guide who shares parts of the city far from the crowds. Cycle through small alleys known as hutongs, where traditions continue from centuries ago. Discover the charm of old Beijing as you cycle around the winding hutongs and behind the Forbidden City, have lunch at a local NGO, and end at Drum Tower (Gulou) and Bell Tower (Zhonglou). This small-group tour is limited to 12 participants to ensure a more personalized experience of Beijing.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$141.00
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$141.00
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Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

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Explore Beijing with camera—Visit 600 years old Forbidden City--One of Beijing's Top 7 place, Old Beijing Hutongs: taset local food,walk through local Temple,market.... Professional and friendly; We’re together,we’re happy.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$94.94
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$94.94

Flexible Private Beijing Layover Tour

Flexible Private Beijing Layover Tour

Don’t spend your Beijing stopover inside the airport; maximize your time in China and opt for a private and customizable sightseeing tour instead. This personalized layover tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to tick off Beijing city attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, etc. in limited time. English speaking tour guide, private vehicle, and airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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$122.00
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$122.00
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12-Day Private Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Yangtze River Cruise And Shanghai

12-Day Private Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Yangtze River Cruise And Shanghai

See the highlights of China without worrying about language barriers with this private, guided tour, which includes lunch, attraction admission fees, domestic flights, and a cruise. You'll start your tour in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City (among other attractions) before continuing to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors. You'll then take a 3-night cruise, wrapping your tour up with a few days in Shanghai.
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  • 12 days
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$3,379.00
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$3,379.00
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3-Day Private Tour of Beijing UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Peking Duck+Show

3-Day Private Tour of Beijing UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Peking Duck+Show

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Join an expert guide for a private tour of Beijing’s most fascinating destinations and UNESCO Sites, from the Forbidden City to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. With a private guide to take care of the details, you can focus on exploring Beijing history, culture, wildlife, and cuisine, hassle-free. This three-day private tour includes all transport by private vehicle, meals and entrance fees per itinerary, and daily hotel transfers, and it’s the perfect way to experience Beijing at its most remarkable.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$508.00
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$508.00
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3-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Breakfast Tour

3-Hour Private Beijing Hutong Breakfast Tour

A stroll through Beijing’s Hutongs are recommended to every visitor to the capital, but locals know that “there are as many hutongs as there are hairs on an ox” around the city. The best way to get to know the most scenic twisting backstreets that locals call home is by eating your way through them, especially at the pop-up breakfast stalls that disappear after the morning rush hour. On this tour, you’ll meet your bilingual guide and small group at a convenient location, then head out to try traditional morning dishes side-by-side with the locals who love them.
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  • 3 hours
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$443.78
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