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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Great place to walk and have drink. All the bars have live music in English, or mandarin, I eve heard French. Don't miss it, is a nice walk out at night.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Sunset on this lake was excellent. Really nice seeing the boats and people relaxing. The bars are not good. All music bars of the same ilk. Ktv style  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The Houhai Lakes are a really beautiful place and a very welcome escape from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of downtown Beijing. It is a beautifully picturesque place with the lovely lake and ba...  more »

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