Authentic Beijing Local Experience

To get under the skin of the capital city of Beijing, you need to delve into the traditional hutong area – an old neighbourhood that consists of a warren  of narrow back lanes, quaint courtyards, and teems with people, a vibe  of sights, sounds and aromas – the Old World Charm in Beijing.

Shichahai, or popularly known as Houhai or Back Lake in English, is such a wonderful mix where you will lose yourself in the maze-like traditional hutong – Beijing’s heart and soul.

Houhai is still thriving and very much alive, with chic bars and quaint restaurants offering drinks and traditional food, rife with authentic Beijing cultures.  Check out “How to Visit Shichahai” for more information on the transport to get to Shichhai.

I happen to meet a group of foreign students visiting Shichahai ( or also popularly known as Houhai ), and I follow them to record some of their activities using my camera in Shichahai for your reference.

1. Photography: Landscape and People

A Group of Foreign Students at Houhai
They snap pictures of the natural sights at Houhai.
Taking the photos of the local people and their street life.

2. Gastronomic Memories

Eating Scorpion
Eating Scorpion
Wolf down sugar-coated fruits.
Wait in line to eat cotton floss or Candy floss
Be intrigued by the posters on the wall.

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

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