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This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong neighborhoods and the three lakes of Xihai, Houhai and Oianhai.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Shicha Lake Scenic Resort, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 173 6014 1905
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All reviews bar street beautiful at night nice lake drum and bell towers street vendors nice walk boat ride beihai park forbidden city rickshaw stroll tourists boats hundreds china yuan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice place to have a drink and listen to live music. It also sports many restaurants at which you can eat.

Thank SpirosKphotography
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went during the day. It's not too busy and easy to walk around. There are hutongs that you can easily walk into if you want a change of scenery. It's also possible to get a rental bike if you have the right app.

Thank John T
Reviewed 19 September 2018

We were tired and wanted to see the lake all around, a (motorised) rickshaw driver stopped by and explained us his 1 hour tour + going through some hutongs. Asked the price and he said (and showed the price on his map/card: 180 yuan. Drive...More

2  Thank Mike V
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We took a bus to the hutongs that lead to Hou Hai. The walk through the lanes was much more interesting than the touristy hutongs elsewhere. We saw the living quarters and small businesses like pottery classes and worm meal shops. The Hou Hai is...More

Thank need2travel4ever
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We visited in the day time and then came back to try and eat in the nighttime. The daytime was much more pleasant and was a really nice stroll along the lakes. In the nighttime is becomes extremely busy with people and is overcrowded. Lots...More

Thank davidbrown86
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

It's a nice walk around the three lakes it's also considerably cooler by the water and all the shade provided by the trees during the summer time

1  Thank rsenteno
Reviewed 12 July 2018

My group noticed this shopping area and lake as we were driving back to our hotel from the Forbidden City. Determined to head back, we were able to walk here after the scheduled activities for the day. It was a great spot to sit and...More

2  Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Back Lakes (Hou Hai) - I liked the beautiful lake. It was such a beautiful breeze the day I was there.

Thank Emma G
Reviewed 28 June 2018

You can find bars, restaurants, souvenirs shops, local snacks, hutongs and everything that expected from a tourist neighborhood in this street. I suggest night for hanging out there.

Thank shahrzadsedghi
Reviewed 27 June 2018

This is pretty much the go-to spot, for a single-destination dining choice in the north west corner of the inner city. You're just inside the second ring-road, its easy to find and easy to get a cab to and from. If you go before sunset,...More

1  Thank George M
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12 September 2016|
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Response from nicki006 | Reviewed this property |
You get off at shichahai station green line just down the road from the station is an entrance to the lake
16 August 2016|
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Response from damiang878 | Reviewed this property |
The skating ring should be open by then. How to get there depends on where your coming from. Inquire once you get to Beijing.
27 December 2015|
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Response from auntiedoris | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The weather was not cold in October so I didn't see any rink.