Shichahai area in Beijing is a good place for an evening stroll. It is situated to the north of Beihai Park. Take subway line 6, get off at the station of Beihai North ( 北海北) and exit from Exit B and walk to the east direction for about 400m, and you will see a lake on your left side. This is Qianhai Lake (Front Lake), one of the three lakes in Shichahi area. The other two lakes are Houhai Lake ( Back Lake) and Xihai Lake (West Lake).
The traditional hutongs and courtyard houses along the Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake have been turned into restaurants, bars and cafes. It is a great place for a night out. You have many bars and restaurants to choose from. Many of them play live music and have comfortable couches outside, great for dining, drinking, people watching. Richshaw rides, and night boating are also attractive to many tourists.
If you have no passion for a drink and dining, or you think they are overpriced and touristy, just take a leisure evening walk along the lakes past a neon fantasia of restaurants and bars.
The Shichahai Starbuck
OX Heads Bar Restaurant
Home Pizza Bar Restaurant
Jiadingfang Bar Restaurant
Lotus Blue Bar
Buy your gifts an souvenirs
Buy Traditional paper-cuts, Shadow puppets
Huixiantang Bar Restaurant
Nanmen Mutton Hotpot Restaurant
The two-storey bars are by Yinding Bridge between Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake
Numerous bars and cafes are lined along the banks of Houhai Lake.
Walk over Silver Ingot Bridge( Yinding Bridge ) and enter Yandai Xiejie (Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street) Unique Stores and bars flank this 800-year old street.
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:
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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
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