After a visit to the ancient Drum Tower, a hidden private museum and a whizz through the hutongs on rickshaws, Frank will take you to meet a local cricket trainer. Yes you read that correctly. This colourful local character actually trains crickets and grasshoppers to fight in local competitions. A fascinating insight into a bizarre Chinese sport you won’t forget in a hurry!
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How long will it take? 3.5 hours
When can I do it? Anytime, as long as you start before 4pm
Getting there: The cost does not include transportation to and from the meeting point. You can get here by taxi, or hire a car to make things super easy.
Start Point: Square behind the Drum Tower
End Point: Square behind the Drum Tower
Children: Half price for kids under 6. Babes in arms go free.
Any other costs I should know about? Nope! (All entrance tickets and a tip for the rickshaw driver are already included in the price.)
How far in advance should I book? At least 48 hours
What to bring: A relaxed attitude. The hutongs are where locals loiter, chat and stroll. Frank will encourage you to do the same!
Our favourite bit: Visiting the private museum of a super enthusiastic old Beijinger who has dedicated his life to collecting hutong artefacts. He loves asking visitors to guess what each item is, and even encourages you to remove things from the glass cases to examine them up close!
Is this an expert or local personality-led tour? Local personality