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Rickshaw, a symbol of Beijing hutong, is a very local vehicle. Because of its specialty, the rickshaw becomes more and more popular for travelers in Beijing. Seating in a rickshaw, people can have a unique view of Beijing including the ancient local houses, the Houhai Lake, the Gong Prince Mansion. Etc.
It is said that the rickshaw in China was introduced from Japan in early 20th century. The rickshaw is the only vehicle in the countless Beijing hutongs. Because the narrow lanes, taxis could not enter into hutongs so rickshaw is one of the most welcome transportation method that bring you all the way to the discovery of old Beijing.
What is a rickshaw
The rickshaw's compartment was square on all sides. Up to the dustpan, there were three white copper lines drawn. The handlebars were made of wood. For the wagoner's convenient to push and pull the carriage, a handle was installed on the back of it. The bamboo supports of it were gilded with copper. Good quality cloths were used for compartment covers. Seat pad and back cushion were made of white cloths with red edges. A mat was placed on the floor and dynamos were on the left and right sides of the carriage's front.
Attractions in hutongThere 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.