Enjoy a half-day walking tour around Beijing visiting a Buddhist temple, the traditional residential neighborhoods known as “Hutongs”, strolling around Houhai lake area.
Meet your guide by the Lama Temple’s ticket office to start this half day walking tour in Beijing.
First you will visit the Lama Temple, the most celebrated Buddhist temple in Beijing and a temple of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest and most influential in China, and was the only temple to have been said to have survived the Cultural Revolution. Take in the architecture and the oasis of calm amidst one of the most buzzing historic districts in the city.
Near the Lama temple, there is a restaurant called Laoshi Dumpling Restaurant, a famous place both for locals and tourists. This restaurant is highly recommended if you want to try Beijing dumplings (Own expense). After lunch, you will take taxi from here to the Drum Tower.
You will climb up to Drum Tower where you can watch the daily traditional drum beating ceremony (1:30 pm or 2:30 pm) which was used as a tool for time keeping during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Then, enjoy a tea ceremony at a traditional China tea house before your stroll to the lake area.
After that, come across the street there is a very famous business street called Yan Dai Xie Street. There are countless small shops of local famous snacks, souvenir shops and coffee shops. it is a place that you can have an idea of how the local people live and a good chance to buy some souvenirs back home.
You will continue to visit Shichahai and appreciate the beautiful scenery along the lake. When the weather is good, from the main bridge you can see the western hills. Here is also one of 8 most famous scenic spots in Beijing.
There are mainly two parts in the lake area: Qianhai and Houhai. Qianhai is a busy area of 1.1 km with beautiful views, where you can see bars and restaurants in ancient buildings around the lake. Houhai is a quieter area of 2.4 km where you can pass by the local houses and temples along the lake.
After the tour is complete, your guide will assist you in finding your way back home on your own.
Tour starts at 10:00am, ends at 03:00pm
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.