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Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

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Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

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Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China
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ShichahaiBeijing Subway11 min
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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Kyle Ciulla wrote a review Feb. 2020
Beijing, China179 contributions60 helpful votes
The bar street of Beijing! Super gorgeous photo place, where the locals are. Rich cultural location where I love going!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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geo3 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Calgary, Canada1,237 contributions198 helpful votes
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This is a different experience than Beihai Park (Qianhai Lake) to the south, as this lake is surrounded by a relatively narrow strip of parkland, with traditional residential areas and some commercial areas adjacent to the park areas. So - you can choose what you like - a walk through a traditional residential area, doing some shopping and/or eating in nearby areas, or just taking a walk along the lake in the attractive park right by the lake. During the daytime it is definitely less crowded than Beihei park to the south, and much less crowded than the area immediately around the Forbidden City.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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529dominicc wrote a review Dec. 2019
Singapore, Singapore649 contributions200 helpful votes
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We went there in the morning and visited the hutong 胡同, means alley. Our tour guide brought us to visit one of the houses which called 四合院. We experienced how ancient people who lived there and how they spent the daily life (entry fee RMB20 per adult). After that we visited the lake but it was frozen. Then we spent the rest of the time shopping around the “hutong” where there are lots of local food, souvenir shops. Total time we spent is about 1.5 hours and it was a very good experience. If you like my review, pls click “helpful”. Enjoy your trip.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ileannkneel wrote a review Dec. 2019
Kelowna, Canada996 contributions290 helpful votes
The two long sides of the lake are very different from each other and depending on what you want from the experience you will have to choose prior to visiting or expect a long 90 minute walk around the whole lake. The south west side of the lake is quieter with less commercialization, fewer people and a more peaceful walk. However, if you prefer to go where the action is then you will want the north east side of the lake where most of the locals hang. On my visit, I saw groups of seniors swimming in the ice covered water, others shooting slingshots at targets hung in the trees. There are shops and street barbers, food carts and restaurants, locals and tourists alike enjoying the crisp, fall air. Plus a couple of historical landmarks. As for the lake itself, the water is clean enough to swim in but quite weedy. Swim at your own risk... there are no lifeguards.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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hulagirlSurrey wrote a review Dec. 2019
Staines, United Kingdom817 contributions246 helpful votes
Came here on a tour, beautiful lake. Very busy and touristy. Do not waste your money on the rickshaw ride!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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