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Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Beijing
(4.3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 l...  more »
  • 后海应该是北京艺术者比较集中的地区了吧,很多各式各样的酒吧嘈杂的安静的民谣的,就像董小姐那样的店很多,不要看装修简陋 但是价格一点也不便宜