Watch as Beijing’s winding ‘hutongs’ (alleys), glimmering waterways and recreational parks come alive at night on this 3-hour walking tour. Follow your friendly, knowledgeable guide through the streets and experience local life as you try some exotic foods at the bustling Wangfujing Snack Street night market and Donghuamen Night Market. Walk along the Imperial City park and pass by ancient structures like St Joseph's Church and Bell Tower and Drum Towers. Enjoy commentary from your guide and end your tour with a relaxing stroll around Houhai Lake.
Meet your guide in the lobby of the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel in the evening to begin your easy 3- to 4-mile (5- to 6-km) walk. Follow your guide past ancient St Joseph's Church and stroll to the Wangfujing Snack Street night market and Donghuamen Night Market . This bustling area of food stalls and restaurants is a great place to get elbow-to-elbow with diners feasting on a wide array of exotic snacks such as starfish, seahorse, scorpion and lamb kababs, flat bread, steaming bowls of málà tàng (spicy noodle soup) and zhájiàngmiàn (noodles in fried bean sauce). If you wish, your guide can provide recommendations on what to try (own expense). Continue walking along the Imperial City park to see locals exercising, dancing and playing badminton at the park. Then, walk down Nanluoguxiang Hutong, a famous local alley filled with hundreds of small shops. Approach Ming dynasty-era Bell Tower and Drum Tower, built 600 years ago, and learn about the structures from your guide.Finally, walk through bustling Yandaixiejie Hutong on your way to Houhai lake, surrounded by several bars, coffee houses and nightclubs. Admire the beautiful evening scenery and the relaxing atmosphere here, where you tour ends.