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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

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank I2414WVjamesm
Macau, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Cindy S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've had enough of Beijing for a while this is an escape - with lots of tourist oriented bars, restaurants and shops - with corresponding prices. The rickshaw drivers will provide a tour - but at a price that suits them more than you. Overall it came over as rather cheap and artificial - and very much a tourist... More 

Thank Simon B
Longview, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this place is pretty cool , we went during the day time when most of the bar's were close and had Peking duck for lunch traditional style. we also had some Durian fruit ice cream(nasty). the street is lined with food vendors and peddlers they are very aggressive so beware and hold your ground. it is worth a visit but... More 

Thank Lawrence D
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hou Hai back lakes are located to the north of the Forbidden City; there are a further three lakes, or seas (Northern, Middle and Southern) immediately to the west of the Forbidden City. All six lakes are linked and they are within walking distance of the Forbidden City but it is quite a long walk. It is possible to... More 

Thank MartinBaxter58
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shichahai has three lakes: Qianhai (Front Sea), Houhai (Back Sea) and Xihai (West Sea). As our rickshaw was going so fast along the Houhai, we saw many pubs and restaurants. My tour guide told me that it would become very busy at night.

Thank RayParks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plenty of pubs and restaurants in this area. food price is more expensive in this area as we paid much lower price in the shopping mall restaurant. We dint spend any money in those bar or pub as the prices is 12 times higher than you get from the 7-11 although they provide chinese hits song :) Good to walk... More 

Thank SteveHovw
Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

It's worth a visit here, you can try lots of different local foods, have a boat ride, and wander shops to buy souvenirs. There are live bands playing in the evenings too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Very huge long lake. U can choose to take a trishaw around the lake. Negotiate for the price. The trishaw man is basically very knowledgeable but they can only speak Chinese in general. The houses are very nice. Many restaurants and pubs around this area.

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