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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. Using our custom trip planner, Beijing attractions like Back Lakes (Hou Hai) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It was my second visit and I was somewhat disappointed. When I went there in 2016, it was a highlight of my visit. This time it wasn't clean and many of the shops had closed or replaced by less exciti...  more »
  • As soon as you walk to the lake you can see across the lake the lights on all restaurant/bars well illuminated. There are hundreds of very neat restaurants to please just about any palate. You can din...  more »
  • We got off the Subway (Line 8) at Shichahai Station and took The North-West Exit (A-2). On the left is Yan Dai Xie Jie which is the street we were looking for. There is a small sign pointing to the ro...  more »