Upon return from the bus trip from Badaling, Ben brought me to Houhai.
Houhai is the middle lake among three lakes, Xihai, Houhai and Qianhai, located north west of the larger Beihai. It is a pleasant walk along the tree-lined lake.
Local people come to the lake to fish.
Houhai is surrounded with hutongs. The above is a typical hutong lane with tall walls and narrow pathway.
Houhai is famous for nightlife. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes here. It is popular with foreign tourists and expatriates. You can see a roof top bar in the above photo.There are a lot of tricycles for rent in this touristy spot. But Ben was warned to avoid them by his colleague who got scammed. The story was the tricycle operator will give you a very low rate for the ride. After a short ride, another operator will take over the tricycle and at the end of the trip, the new operator will charge you an exorbitant rate. The new operator will argue that he is not aware of the arrangement between the first operator and you.
Houhai is connected to Qianhai by a very narrow waterway. I’m standing on Yingdingqiao above the waterway.
Another view of the Yingdingqiao.
A night scene of Houhai with the moon on the rise. The reflection of the night lights on the lake is mesmerizing.