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Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Beijing

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Neighborhood
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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  • Around the Lake there are shops, bars, restaurants as well as a wide range of bike pedal boat ride around the Lake as well as cycling through to Yandai Byway in.
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  • Awesome place not to miss. A mix of serenity and the vibrancy from the pubs at night. It is near to the siheyuan and hutong. Good to explore by walking, cycling or ricksaw. Signs are everywhere and ea...  more »
  • I knew that this place was here, but we hadn't really planned on going there. But as we were heading back to the Shichahai metro station, we saw the entrance to this cool little street, so decided to ...  more »