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Jul 10, 2018
“Night life along the lake will soon be gone”
Apr 22, 2018
“This is a slice of Beijing nightlife--go and enjoy”
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Hou lake( 后海)also called Shishahai(什刹海) is the water system connecting with Beihai(北海)and Zhongnanhai(中南海)。 It’s a family fun place, boating in summer, skating in winter. But also a hang out place for youngsters. The bars and restaurants spread on both sides of the lake. The night...More

Thank Soxblue
Reviewed April 22, 2018

This is a strange place to describe. It's just one live music bar after another that all look remarkably similar. There are a handful of sit-down restaurants, some food vendors, and other treasures to discover in the alleys. Watch out for the scooters and rickshaws...More

Thank hildeborg
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Houhai means rear lake and it is the biggest of the three lakes known collectively as Shichaihai. Ringed by restaurants, cafes and bars, it has a buzzling nightlife popular among the younger generation and expatriate crowd. In the daytime, boat and rickshaw rides can be...More

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed August 31, 2016

Our tour guide brought us to Hou Lake on our last day in Beijing, what a lovely area of shops and restaurants around a lake. We took a nice walk around the lake. There were lots of shops and restaurants, many places with outdoor patios...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed August 15, 2016

The area is full of restaurants and bars nearby and it gets quite beautiful during the evening. Good choice for a relaxing night.

Thank Sergie A
Reviewed August 12, 2016

Hou Hai (Shishahai) is a place of split personality. During the day, it is now apparently a buzzing tourist attraction (more so than ten years ago), with lots of tours (mostly local) coming through, probably due to its being lumped in with the nearby siheyuan...More

Thank Aaron M
Reviewed March 7, 2016

Houhai has many faces. The lake itself is a place that you would not expect in the center of a major city. It is a great photo opportunity in the daytime and takes on a different character at night time. The district itself also has...More

2  Thank 866Paul
Reviewed October 7, 2015

We stayed near Andingmen, took the subway to Guloudajie station and toured the Bell and Drum Tower hutong neighborhood. We subsequently roamed around the Hutong neighborhoods and my wife became so infatuated with the traditional shops along Smoking Pipe Street that she `coerced' me to...More

2  Thank soh_kien_peng
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great place to spend an evening. Nice restaurants, spectacular setting. Even a Starbucks for those in withdrawal.

Thank Mark0313
Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went several times to this place and I can write a different review about each visit. It is a must go place, because it has some history in it. You will enjoy a catamaran ride on the lake and beautiful night view of the...More

Thank Tim Y
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