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I went during the day. It's not too busy and easy to walk around. There are hutongs that you can easily walk into if you want a change of scenery. It's also possible to get a rental bike if you have the right app.
We were tired and wanted to see the lake all around, a (motorised) rickshaw driver stopped by and explained us his 1 hour tour + going through some hutongs. Asked the price and he said (and showed the price on his map/card: 180 yuan. Drive...More
We took a bus to the hutongs that lead to Hou Hai. The walk through the lanes was much more interesting than the touristy hutongs elsewhere.
We saw the living quarters and small businesses like pottery classes and worm meal shops.
The Hou Hai is...More
We visited in the day time and then came back to try and eat in the nighttime.
The daytime was much more pleasant and was a really nice stroll along the lakes.
In the nighttime is becomes extremely busy with people and is overcrowded.
My group noticed this shopping area and lake as we were driving back to our hotel from the Forbidden City. Determined to head back, we were able to walk here after the scheduled activities for the day. It was a great spot to sit and...More