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Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

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Address: Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong...

This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong neighborhoods and the three lakes of Xihai, Houhai and Oianhai.

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Romantic Place and Cool Space for hangout

Located behind China's Ancient Park (Bei Hai) this is a club, bar and lounge. All was so good here, you can get cheap drinks and enjoy people come and go. a lot of club here... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Ende, Indonesia
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Ende, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located behind China's Ancient Park (Bei Hai) this is a club, bar and lounge. All was so good here, you can get cheap drinks and enjoy people come and go. a lot of club here, absolutely touristy but it's all fine i almost never heard bad news comes from this location. You can enjoy starbucks in the afternoon or you... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a place to visit anytime and every time you are in Beijing. Something for everyone in your company to enjoy. Do not miss this.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hou Hai houses should be mandatory to visit in Beijing. Each bar has mostly Western music sang in chinese or in plain English. Although is more expensive, the experience is worth it. Allow a couple of hours and get there around 7 or later. Full of shops and street vendors. Also, full of people learning salsa or tango in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the more bustling areas of the city. Would recommend going a bit before the sunsets as watching the sunset over the water is quite nice. Lots of nice restaurants around the area too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Beijing in May 2016 on business. I have been to China over 50 times in the past ten years. Hou Hai is a lake surrounded by shops and restaurants. It is a bit difficult to get to by subway. You can walk there from Bei Hai as it is across the street. Otherwise I recommend taking a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

After the sea, more suitable for the afternoon before the sunset in the past, you can first go to the park, along the lake to see the scenery at night in the bar can listen to music, made a stay. There are many alley path, slowly walked into the old Beijing can appreciate the humanities and customs, but also some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Visited the area as our hotel is nearby. We went on a nice cold evening which made the experience more pleasant I think. The area is filled with restaurants, bars and little cute shops. We were here at around dinner time and most of the bars were still empty (which did not bother us as we did not visit the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Some of the lake walks are quite. Other areas are touristy and crowded. The Hutong is more touristy. However, my wife who is Chinese and grew up in a poor neighborhood, enjoyed it much more than the "authentic" Hutongs. I would put this one first on the list after seeing the major tourist sites.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

2pm - Proceed for A WALK ard HOUHAI/ Beihai Park ( known as Shicahai- where the old charm of Beijing lies). A cluster of 3 linked bodies of water/ hutongs/modest grandeur building. 4 pm - Visited Prince Kung’s Mansion 6 pm - Ended at Drum TOWER/ BELL TOWER but only manage to take pictures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We booked a room nearby. In the evening, the lights are so beautiful along the bank. Therefore, after dinner, we decided to take a walk in the neighborhood. There are many bars. I am surprised that according to the ads outside, many of the bar singers have attended TV talent shows. Besides, walking along the bank, we heard wonderful music... More 

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