Houhai Park | Things to Do In & Around Beijing Travel

Houhai Park, literally ‘rear lake’, is a neighborhood in the Xicheng District of Beijing. Houhai is the largest of three lakes that comprise Shichahai, the other two, Qianhai and Xihai.

The area around the lakes has recently become known for its nightlife with bars that feature live music that are particularly popular amongst expats.

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Both the former residence of Soong Ching-ling and the mansion of Prince Gong are located in the Houhai hutong area.

If bars and cafés aren’t your thing, there are a variety of activities you can take part in on the lake including paddle boating, fishing or kite flying. And you can always stroll along the water, people-watching or just enjoying the view.

The area is beautiful to visit with the old buildings that line the lake and trees that hang over the water. It’s quite picturesque.

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Chinese Pinyin English
后海 hòu hǎi Houhai
胡同 hútòng alley
宋庆龄故居 Sòng Qìnglíng Gùjū Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling
恭王府 Gōng Wáng Fǔ Prince Gong Mansion

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  • Ah, the charm of Beijing. Beautiful pictures and video, Shannon!

    • Thank you! It is rather charming. I can’t wait to go back!