Beijing Private Tour: Lama Temple, Hutongs, Drum Tower and Houhai Lakes

Enjoy a half-day walking tour around Beijing visiting a Buddhist temple, the traditional residential neighborhoods known as “Hutongs”, strolling around Houhai lake area.


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.


  • Burn some incenses at the Lama Temple, where Chinese worship the largest wooden Buddha in the world
  • Take a selfie with Beijing’s old town background from the top of the Drum Tower
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the urban Houhai lakes with a relaxing stroll


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5 Hours
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Operating Hours

Tour starts at 10:00am, ends at 03:00pm

What You Get


  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
  • Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
  • Taxi between Lama Temple and Drum Tower


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (Optional)

Additional Information 

  • Meet your guide by the Lama Temple’s Ticket Office
  • Kindly arrive at least 10 mins prior to start the tour on time
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Recommended to dress in comfortable shoes
  • Note: The start and end times will vary depending on traffic and road conditions
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify
  • This tour is valid on the date and time specified 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

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  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

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