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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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  • Is very cute place, while I it saw very grey, because I went in winter. But equally, is full of places to eat, buy souvenirs, walk and sit and look at. Recommended.
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  • Located behind China's Ancient Park (Bei Hai) this is a club, bar and lounge. All was so good here, you can get cheap drinks and enjoy people come and go. a lot of club here, absolutely touristy but i...  more »
  • Busy location and super recommended by locals. Accessible by metro. Has several options of food and shopping. Closes around 10:00 pm, so don't go too late.
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