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Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

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Address: Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong...

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good place ti take a walk

There are many bars,shops. it's a good place to explore. take a walk and see the view of the lake. It's pretty cool cuz there is a boat ride that brings you under the bridge... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many bars,shops. it's a good place to explore. take a walk and see the view of the lake. It's pretty cool cuz there is a boat ride that brings you under the bridge. prefer to coming here in summer tho. 这个地方很适合散散步, 可以绕着后海走, 旁边还有很多酒吧,白天很少有开的,晚上会比较热闹尤其是在暖的季节。有游船提供, 可以坐在上面绕湖一圈,从桥下面穿过。

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to spend a few hours walking the charming streets that are full of shops and restaurants and it is a very picturesque area.

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Ende, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 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 28 December 2016

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 24 December 2016 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 20 December 2016

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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