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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 street vendors nice walk boat ride beihai park forbidden city rickshaw stroll tourists boats mansion china yuan
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Reviewed 26 January 2019

Walked around both lakes and took in the sights and sounds of Beijing people and visitors playing on the ice - even swimming. It was during the day so I did not go to any of the bars around the edge of the lake. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RoddyPayne
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

This place is nice to spend an afternoon walking along the lake side. Unfortunately the area (tea houses) and attractions (pedalling) are horribly expensive

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GT-martin
Reviewed 1 December 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank SpirosKphotography
Reviewed 10 November 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tollo652
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

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank 953mikev
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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank need2travel4ever
Reviewed 28 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.
26 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.