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The Three Rear Lakes (Housanhai)

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north of downtown Beijing between the Di' anmen (Earthly Peace) Gate and the Deshengmen (Moral Victory) Gate, Beijing China
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ShichahaiBeijing Subway7 min
Beihai NorthBeijing Subway11 min
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nellielim wrote a review Apr 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions1,502 helpful vote
These are the three rear lakes and like the front lakes are nice to explore. A scenic spot with weeping willows on the lake shore. Bars, restaurants and quaint shops line the area and it has a lively night scene. There are also boats for hire in the warmer months. A good place for a stroll or rickshaw ride to explore the neighbourhood of hutongs.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Candelaria B wrote a review Aug 2016
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The Three Lakes are located to the North of downtown Beijing, between the Earthly Peace and the Moral Victory Gate. The three rear lakes include the Shicha Lake or Front Lake; The Houhai or Rear Lake; the Jishui Lake. The Shicha Lake is to the Southwest of the Drum Tower. It was know as a Lake Dapozi during the Yuan Dynasty. Guess what? You can swim there! Or row a boat. I did it and it was fun. The Rear Lake I think is best in the sunset and it is almost magical at that time. The cranes and birds around the area make it almost surreal. You can see a Temple by the Jishui Lake, The Jinge Temple. The most interesting feature though is by the Northeastern corner of Jishui Lake, which the locals also called Jingye Lake. There is a small island with a Temple built by Emperor Yongle between the1400’s to 1425. It was called the Convent of the Goddess of Mercy Who Calms the Waters. Later on Qianlong had the Temple reconstructed and erected a steal that is just terrific! And behind the Temple there is massive rock. Some said it was a meteorite more than 1000 years old. In the rock you can see the image of a lion and a chicken. This is why the area is called the Chicken and Lion Beach. I rented a boat to cruise the lakes. I paid about $45.00 and this included music and snacks. You can rent the boats by Ping’an Daijie on the opposite of the North Gate of Beihai Park. Truly a relaxing activity!
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Date of experience: October 2015
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awhw wrote a review Feb 2016
Beijing, China862 contributions310 helpful votes
The lakes are very big and scenic, particularly in winter as it is now that it is frozen and you can walk on the water. But more important it is an entertainment area of restaurants and bars, lakeside walks, and for foreigners, this is the 'old town' with hutongs (small lanes), old houses (new building are prohibited), and full of life. Many foreigners visit so there are many western oriented bars, and English is spoken.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Chris101111 wrote a review Jun 2015
Auckland, New Zealand1,074 contribution292 helpful votes
These lakes are reasonable big, has a walking and bike track around it and it is quite safe. Lots of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. Probably better at night.
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Date of experience: June 2015
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webBorehamwood wrote a review Nov 2012
Bedford, United Kingdom116 contributions82 helpful votes
To be honest not my thing... and very untypical Chinese... this is Benidorm/Tenerife meets Beijing. It is private enterprise, karaoke, pubs, western music, bright lights... different but if you like that sort of thing you'll like it - a lot!
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Date of experience: November 2012
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