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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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  • After the renovation project, the feeling of Hou Hai is much better. Come to Houhai, you can come in the afternoon, at this time the Houhai is very beautiful. Tea in a teahouse, not a bar, will have a better experience. Come early, you can take a turn in the nearby small Hutong, feel the Hutong of Beijing. When it comes to the night, it will become a commercial flavor, see if you like, and then decide whether to experience. It's a good feeling to eat out in summer night. It's fun to skate in winter. The beauty of the bridge is not only the night, but the day is better.
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  • A bar, forget it, but I guess a lot of bars will adopt the same strategy. Summer, about 7 o'clock in the evening, hear a bar singer singing song is quite good, went into the bar, want to rest for a while, drink a glass of wine, the bar is relatively narrow, not a lot of seats, probably because I dress more casual, carrying a shoulder bag, it does not look like a lot of the kind of people who consume, So the bartender's still the boss. When I found a seat, I took the list and told us that if we were to sit in this block (the small round Table for the triple), we would need to order 800 or more drinks at 8. We sat down at 7 o ' clock, 30 or so, and I said I'd take a break, left eight o'clock, and ordered two drinks, The bartender turned away with a look of abandon and hurried to finish his drink, listen to a song on the go, at that time think that still very depressed, suggest that if you are sightseeing, you can go to the past, if it is a rest or go to a good atmosphere bar, do not go to Houhai yonder, anyway, a few dollars of wine, Blending a few Baisi, I have no understanding of wine, I drank a drink called mojito alcoholic beverages, South gongs and Drums Alley 301 Cups, this bar on the 80, we compare this gap.
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  • We weren't tonight but the late passage. Nevertheless a special magic in this area which could intensify at night.
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