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Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Beijing

Categories: Neighborhoods, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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 is a nice place but you want to be there in the evening, it is much more animated than during day. You can simply walk there and stop by to a bar or restaurant and take a boat on the Houhai lake....  read more »
  • Really sad that a potentially scenic area with a water feature is totally overdeveloped. Millions of similar restaurants/bars etc. Street performance and touristy stuff, I would totally avoid this are...  read more »
  • Very nice area of Beijing. There are a multitude of shops and bars of the more colorful with the docs and the chansonniers. There are a lot of people per square foot, it's amazing. Be very careful because scooters are walking happily without paying attention through the mass of world. The panorama is really beautiful with the Lake that runs through the neighborhood and paddleboats that flock. It is a sector of Beijing to see and to y stroll!
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