The Houhai lake in Beijing at night
Strolling the Houhai lake
Houhai (Chinese: 后海; pinyin: hòuhǎi; literally "Queen Sea") is a lake and its surrounding district in central Beijing, one of the three bodies of water composing the Shichahai. In recent years the area has become known for its nightlife as it is home to many popular restaurants, bars, and cafes. Houhai is situated near Bei Hai (a lake and park), and is surrounded by hutongs, but is not itself a hutong.
The area is especially popular with foreign tourists visiting Beijing and is also often visited by the expatriate community and the younger generations of locals.
The Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling and Prince Gong Mansion are both located in the Houhai area.
A stone bridge across the lake
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Coordinates: 39°56′28″N 116°22′44″E / 39.94111°N 116.37889°E