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“nice lake”(6 reviews)
This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong neighborhoods and the three lakes of Xihai, Houhai and Oianhai.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 173 6014 1905
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back Lakes (Hou Hai) - I liked the beautiful lake. It was such a beautiful breeze the day I was there.

Thank Emma G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can find bars, restaurants, souvenirs shops, local snacks, hutongs and everything that expected from a tourist neighborhood in this street. I suggest night for hanging out there.

Thank shahrzadsedghi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is pretty much the go-to spot, for a single-destination dining choice in the north west corner of the inner city. You're just inside the second ring-road, its easy to find and easy to get a cab to and from. If you go before sunset,...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 6 June 2018

We were dropped off at this place late afternoon for a walk about a street by the lake where there are bars and shops. However, most places seemed close for the day. We enjoyed walking along the lake regardless, watching various locals fly their kites....More

Thank StanleyandMarie
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

The area is known as bar street and as the name suggests the streets around the lake are full of bars and restaurants. However these must be geared towards tourists as they seemed to be the most expensive bars in the city. Many of the...More

Thank JustRose_CH
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Eateries, bars and pubs with local singers belting out chinese pops and evergreen. Plenty of restaurants and small eateries. Crowd predominantly tourists. Good food, lovely scenery and beautiful architect of old China

Thank weesengl2017
Reviewed 12 May 2018

This is a colourful area close to the Bell & Drum towers. Houhai is one of 3 back lakes, the others Qianhai and Xihai. There's a good selection of restaurants, food stalls and stores in the hutongs surrounding the area. The view is serene, the...More

Thank AMsays
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

This is an old preserved neighborhood by the lake . Very nice small streets with small boutiques shops and restaurants. Nice to walk in the evening by the lake and the small streets . Also families prepare homemade food for tourists.

Thank Gidons51
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Back Lakes (Hou Hai) is very nice area in Beijin and must see while visiting the city. You will enjoy walking in this area during evening and during day time. many restaurants and many shops.

Thank Yossi N
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Philip C
12 September 2016|
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Response from PeteGriff67 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no idea, I went by Tuk Tuk which was great fun, almost like a mini tour of the City.
16 August 2016|
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Response from Damian G | Reviewed this property |
The skating ring should be open by then. How to get there depends on where your coming from. Inquire once you get to Beijing.
26 December 2015|
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Response from auntiedoris | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The weather was not cold in October so I didn't see any rink.