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Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Beijing

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Catch a glimpse of a fading past at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), one of the capital's few remaining bastions of traditional residential architecture and a local favorite for enjoying the outdoors. Head for this historic neighborhood and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the lakes. You can get in some solid people watching as you explore, as the area generally fills with old folks, students, and fishermen indulging in the fresh lake air. The surrounding streets boast an array of cafes and nightlife establishments, so you can refresh with a drink on a patio followed by raucous karaoke. Rickshaws make for one of the more convenient methods of sightseeing--flag down a driver and go for a ride around the neighborhood streets. Keep your eyes peeled for "hutongs," residences that epitomize local architecture with their courtyards and grand entry gates. Add Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and other attractions to your Beijing trip itinerary using our Beijing route builder tool .
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  • The nearest underground station to Beihai North on line 6 is a very busy place and around the Lake are many locals in the evenings you can find young people who play.
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  • The area along the Houhai Lake is very beautiful, full of modern and ancient palaces and temples. Is definitely a recommended place for a nice stroll or an evening of live music. You can walk around the surrounding hutongs by rickshaw. Don't worry about how to find us: you will find them!
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  • A few times, the overall impression is good, the bar area should have the scene here, very admire those in the environment of the feasting indifferent fishing old man. Some of the bar soliciting situation is more serious, especially the strip bar, last time with the Boss (Finn) was a middle-aged pimp after chasing nearly 500 meters, but also in English to tell my boss their bar girls how beautiful, English how good. It's unsightly!
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