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“What a zoo!!”

Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
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Mongolian Hot Pot Dinner Followed by Houhai Lake Visit and Foot Massage
Ranked #31 of 1,614 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This area of Beijing contains some of the most extensive old hutong neighborhoods and the three lakes of Xihai, Houhai and Oianhai.
Reviewed 23 April 2012

A beautiful area that is crowded with people, rickshaws, tandem bikes, and even cars and very overtouristed (at least on the weekend when we were there). Get away from the lakes the booming music from the bars and stroll into the tranquil restored hutongs that surround this area. Some of these hutongs are most unique in Beijing. There are lovely small bars and restaurants away from the main drag to discover. the ones along the water are very overpriced and you pay for the view (that is if you can see beyond the crowds).

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

dirty water, awful food, boring . will not visit there.

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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We were expecting this place to have a bit more on offer, whilst it was picturesque there really wasn't a lot to see.

We headed down here in the evening and caught the sunset and we were hoping to have dinner by the water but there weren't many options for food, just copious dodgy looking bars which didn't seem very appealing. And the limited restaurants they did have were overpriced and had long queues.

We decided to hop on a rickshaw ride that took us along the like and hutongs, probably not the best idea at night as it was dark and we felt kind of unsafe in the backstreets. It would have been better to do the hutong ride during that day.

Worth checking out but don't plan to stay there for much longer than an hour to take some happy snaps.

Thank missriss
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

loved this area! took taxi there on a beautiful spring afternoon. the lake side bars and restaurants are trendy and chic. husband and i took a 1-2hrs tandem bike ride and looked through the side alleys. everything is so charming! free wifi at starbucks. delidious restaurants with clean, Sit Down toilets! (rare in beijing) will be returning with my 5year old this weekend

Thank chioual
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

There area string of bars with very good live music in some of them, but the prices were just astronomical. I've been there twice in two years and I would not recommend this area for bars as they are just too greedy. Also plenty of scams going on there so watch out!!

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