Take advantage of the clearer skies and warmer temperatures, and head out to the hutongs with your family. Children will love the sights, colours and scents that are a world away from the skyscrapers and highways they see every day. From organised tours to pedicab rides to quirky discoveries, there is something for everyone.
Guided private walk through vintage hutongs
Catch the guided tours by local experts Beijing Walking Tours
around the hutongs near the Drum and Bell Towers. You will be guided through the Nanluoguxiang area and you'll get the chance to visit a 300-year-old hutong home and its inhabitants. The three hour-tour ends at Jingshan Park where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the city. All tours are private and can be booked online.
Cost: Prices range from 650RMB to 260RMB per person depending on the size of your group. Children under two years are free of cost, while the price for children from 2-12 years is 50RMB.
Hutongs in a pedicab
Can't be bothered to walk? The China Culture Center
runs pedicab tours of the hutongs, chugging through the narrow streets and markets and even stopping for a chat with a resident of a traditional courtyard house. The trip also includes a walk through a hutong vegetable market. CCC does not offer regular set tour packages, but they do offer private custom-made ones. Book tickets online via their website.
Cost: Prices range from 1,200RMB to 300RMB per person depending on the size of your group. Children under four years are free of cost, while there's a 50 percent discount for five-seven-year-olds and a 20 percent discount for eight-eleven-year-olds.
Hidden hutongs by Time Out
For an unstructured, lazy amble, check out our guide to the hidden hutongs
and the quirky hutongs
around Beijing. A great opportunity to teach your children a bit about Chinese history (and swot up yourself!) and sample a flavour of the local lifestyle.