|Clear Houhai Lake|
The time-honored Houhai area is characterized by traditional buildings, especially Hutongs and courtyards. You can wander in the old and narrow Hutongs, such as Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, South Gong and Drum Lane, and Ya'er Hutong; pay a visit to the former residences of celebrities, such as Prince Gong's Mansion, Prince Chun Mansion, and Former Residences of the great poet Guo Moruo and of Soong Ching-ling, the wife of the eminent revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Wandering around these old buildings, you will inevitably think of the old lifestyle, and the life experience of these people. Notably, you can ride a bike or take a rickshaw to tour the old Hutongs.
Abundant Hutongs and Courtyards- a glimpse of old Beijing
Other than the traditional Hutongs and old style residences, you can find some modern elements around Houhai - bars. These bars are not very large, but have distinctive features. Here are some popular ones:
Famous Bar Street - a paradise for night life in Beijing
Zoom: It is a Britain-style football bar. On the walls hang the jerseys of great teams. The beer is quite cheap at around CNY 10 to 15 per bottle. The bar is brimmed with an exciting ambience. It will be great to watch Premier League at the bar with a lot of fans.
Houhai No. 5: It is open around the clock. It integrates western-style designs into traditional Chinese buildings. During daytime, you can enjoy Chinese zither performance. At night, you can enjoy the performances of different bands. There are many kinds of cocktails at reasonable prices.
After touring around Houhai and having fun at the bars, you must get hungry. You can enjoy a meal at the time-honored restaurants. The Kao Rou Ji restaurant provides very delicious roast mutton, duck, chicken etc. The Bao Du Zhang restaurant features exquisitely cooked tripe. The Kong Yiji Restaurant sells authentic cuisines of South China. Additionally, there are many kinds of delicious snacks in the Hutongs waiting for you, such as Wan Dou Huang (Pea Flour Cake), Lv Da Gun (Rice Cake), and Huo Shao (Sesame Seed Cake).
Various Restaurants - great places to taste local food
Take Subway Line 8 to Shichahai Station and leave from Exit A2. Walk west along Wannian Hutong for about two minutes and turn right. Then walk northwest along Qianhai Dongyan for about three minutes to the lake.
How to get to Houhai
Take bus 5, 60, 82, 107, 124, 635, Night 2, or Night 10 to Gulou (Drum Tower) Station. Walk west along Wannian Road for about three minutes. Then follow the above direction.
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|Admission Fee||Free of charge|
|Opening Hours||All day|