Shichahai, a nice place to walk at night in Beijing

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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

The Shichahai Starbuck
The Shichahai Starbuck

OX Heads Bar Restaurant

OX Heads Bar Restaurant
OX Heads Bar Restaurant

Home Pizza Bar Restaurant

Home Pizza Bar Restaurant
Home Pizza Bar Restaurant

Jiadingfang Bar Restaurant

Jiadingfang Bar Restaurant
Jiadingfang Bar Restaurant

Yuelu Shanwo

Yuelu Shanwo Bar Restaurant
Yuelu Shanwo Bar Restaurant

Lotus Blue Bar

Lotus Blue Bar
Lotus Blue Bar

Buy your gifts an souvenirs

Buy your gifts an souvenirs
Buy your gifts an souvenirs

Buy Traditional paper-cuts, Shadow puppets

Traditional paper-cuts, Shadow puppets
Traditional paper-cuts, Shadow puppets

Huixiantang Bar Restaurant

Huixiantang Bar Restaurant
Huixiantang Bar Restaurant

Nuts Restaurants

Nuts Restaurants
Nuts Restaurants

Guitar Bar

Guitar Bar
Guitar Bar

Duyizhan Bar

Duyizhan Bar
Duyizhan Bar

Zhaojiuwanwu Bar

Zhaojiuwanwu Bar
Zhaojiuwanwu Bar

Nanmen Mutton Hotpot Restaurant

Nanmen Mutton Hotpot Restaurant
Nanmen Mutton Hotpot Restaurant

Yuheting

Yuheting Bar
Yuheting Bar

The two-storey bars are by Yinding Bridge between Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake

The two-storey bars are by Yinding Bridge between Qianhai Lake and Houhai Lake
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.

Numerous bars and cafes are lined along the banks of 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.

Unique Stores and bars flank this 800-year old street
Unique Stores and bars flank this 800-year old street

Shuixingge Store

Shuixingge Store
Shuixingge Store

Drum Tower

Drum Tower
Drum Tower

Bell Tower

Bell Tower
Bell Tower

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 guided tours to Beijing:

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

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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The night view of Shichahai
Shichahai, a nice place to walk at night in Beijing

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