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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
As featured in 3 Days in Beijing
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Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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+86 173 6014 1905
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Mike V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank BH255
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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. Lots...More

Thank davidbrown86
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

It's a nice walk around the three lakes it's also considerably cooler by the water and all the shade provided by the trees during the summer time

Thank rsenteno
Reviewed July 12, 2018

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

2  Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed June 30, 2018

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

Thank Emma G
Reviewed June 28, 2018

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 June 26, 2018

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 June 6, 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 May 22, 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

1  Thank JustRose_CH
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PhilipC2608
September 12, 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.
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apiapisaya84
August 16, 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.
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Icebabnadya
December 26, 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.
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