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Rickshaw, a distinctive vehicle in Beijing

The rickshaw, the most popular form of transportation in recent years for tourists to take the Hutong tour, provides a unique view of Beijing and becomes more and more popular with tourists. A rickshaw is more expensive than taking a taxi but allows tourists to enjoy the street scene and is more convenient for avoid traffic jams. So by taking a rickshaw and traveling at a leisurely pace, one can gain a more intimate flavor of life in old Beijing. Rickshaws can always be found at the important transportation hubs located at the city center and the tourist areas. The legal rickshaw drivers are easily identified, for they wear a chest plate carrying his name and the supervision telephone number.

There are thousands of varied hutongs in Beijing, and the most famous hutongs concentrate in the areas around Shicha Lake. There were temples, Prince Gong's Mansion, Former Residence of Song Qingling (wife of Sun Yat-sen), Former Residence of Guo Moruo (a famous litterateur, archeologist, poet and revolutionist), Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and some other ancient buildings. Tourists can choose their desired routes by themselves or let the drivers select some of the most popular areas.

 Classical Hutong Tour Routes:
1. Qianhai West Street → Liuyin Street  → Longtoujing → Qiangan Hutong → Qianhai Xijie.
2. The west of Nanguanfang Hutong → the east of Nanguanfang Hutong
3. The east of Beiguanfang Hutong → the west of Beiguanfang Hutong → Houhai Nanyan
4. Yinding Bridge → Xiaoshibei Hutong → Dashibei Hutong → the north of Yaer Hutong → North bank of Back Lake → Former Residence of Song Qingling
5. Qianhai Xijie → Zhanzi Hutong → Daxiangfeng Hutong

 A Recommended Hutong Tour Route:
1. Take a rickshaw from their departure place, about 100 meters west of the north gate of Beihai Park , and travel to the Drum Tower. The Drum Tower, built in 1272 in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), was where time was announced to the residents of old Beijing. Tourists can mount the tower and overlook the hutong sitting along the axis of the Drum Tower.
2. Then travel through this hutong by rickshaw. You can wander around the hutong or talk with the local people who live in the distinctive quadrangle. This is an excellent way to understand the comprehensive culture and long history of Beijing.
3. Finally, go to the Prince Gong's Mansion.

 Rickshaws are forbidden:
For the whole day: 
2nd Ring Road, Jianguomenwai Street, Fuxingmenwai Street, Fuxing Road, Zhongguancun South Street, Zhongguancun Street, Haidian Road, Haidian Street, Zhongguancun South Road, Kexueyuan South Road, 3rd Ring Road.

From 07:00 to 22:00:
Guanghua Road, Ritan Road, Ritan East Road, Jianhua Road, Xiushui Street, Xiushui North Street, Xiushui South Street, Xiushui East Street, Dongdaqiao Road, Gongren Tiyuchang Donglu, Xindong Road, Sanheli Road, Wanshou Road.

From 07:00 to 21:00:
Zhogguancun North Street, Xinxi Road, Chengfu Road, Qinghua South Road.

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Comments and Questions

To be blunt, do they take fat people on a rickshaw tour. My husband and I are oversized and were wondering if there was a weight restriction. I didnt want to exhaust the poor guy and for him to turf us out in the middle of town....haha. the two of us would total 190kg...oh dear

Reply3/11/2019 11:30:47 PMLouise Woodland,   Australia

Misie ( Australia ) :3/12/2019 1:03:38 AM

Personally I think they would take fat people on a rickshaw tour. But you are advised to inquire that before booking the tour.

Rickshaw tour Jan 7 got two

Reply1/5/2019 3:41:43 PMRick,   United States

Nick ( Armenia ) :1/9/2019 11:17:29 PM

Hi, if you want to book rickshaw tour, you are advised to contact them to inquire the details. travel@travelchinaguide.com

Hi we will be visiting Beijing in September 2014. Wondering if there are any start time restrictions to have a ricks haw short tour? We will be looking for something departing around 3 or 4pm to allow for time to get to our hotel from airport & check in etc. As we only speak English will the language barrier be an issue & is the departure point easy to find?

Thanks Joanne & Jim

Reply3/29/2014 11:06:20 PMJoanne & Jim Bakker,   Australia

Rose :3/30/2014 10:08:08 PM

about three months ago i went to Nan Luo Gu Xiang (a name of a Hutong) in the afternoon, at around 3pm, and i found many rickshaws at the entrance of the hutong. so i think you go there for a richshaw tour.

I was wondering if it is possible to book a hutong rickshaw tour when we arrive in Beijing. I am not sure if my time there will allow me to take one so I am not willing to prebook.

Reply7/2/2012 11:32:10 AMNigel Ryan,   Ireland

Lisa :7/2/2012 5:53:04 PM

hi Nigel,
it is better to prebook so that the travel agency can make a pre-arrangement. you can book a hutong tour at:


We will be in Beijing April 13-17 and would like a Hutong Tour Route. How much does the tour cost and how can we contact you in Beijing? Thanks.

Reply3/13/2012 9:15:08 AMDave,   Canada

Tina :3/13/2012 7:36:17 PM

Hi Dave,
you can book a tour through the page:

have a nice trip!

How much charge per rickshaw ride visiting drum tower , songqingling residence,etc. tks

Reply3/4/2009 6:17:00 PMjayne go,   China

BeijingTrip.com :3/4/2009 10:18:00 PM

Currently the charge for a rickshaw tour traveling around the Shicha Lake (passing the old Hutongs, courtyard dwellings, Former Residence of Song Qingling, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and some other ancient buildings) is around CNY 100, and the trip takes about 2 hours.

Hope you have a good trip and thanks for visiting beijingtrip.com!