Houhai Tours

Houhai
Houhai refers to the area surrounding the largest of three lakes in central Beijing that are collectively known as Shichahai. In recent years, the old hutong neighborhood around Houhai Lake has developed into one of Beijing's top entertainment and nightlife districts. Numerous restaurants line its shores, while brightly lit bars host live music or karaoke, accommodating to the young, fun clientele that flock there.

Houhai might come alive at night, but it’s a hive of activity throughout the day too. A range of shops, stalls, and food outlets make it a fun and bustling place to browse for souvenirs and to enjoy some lunch, while the breeze from the lake offers a respite from the heat. Boating activities are also available on the lake itself.

Practical Info

Houhai is located in the Xicheng District of central Beijing. The nearest subway station is Beihai North on Line 6, and there are a number of bus routes also serving the area.
Address: Xicheng District, Beijing, China
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Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

Watch Beijing light up for the night on a 3-hour nighttime sightseeing tour of China’s capital city. Travel with a private guide in a comfortable vehicle to see Tiananmen Square, and admire the dramatic architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarters and Beijing National Stadium. Explore a maze of food stalls at the Donghuamen Night Market and Wangfujing Night Market; discover some great local bars around Houhai Lake; and check out the colorfully lit Central Business District shopping centers.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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US$ 24.00
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Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

Discover the incandescent beauty of Beijing by night on this 3-hour evening walking tour. See the city sparkle as you explore glimmering waterways, vibrant parks and narrow ‘hutongs’ (alleys) under the cover of darkness. Led by an accomplished guide, sample sublime specialties at the busy Wangfujing Snack Street; browse stalls bursting with exotic ingredients at the Donghuamen Night Market; and stroll amid the ancient and illuminated structures of Imperial City Park for a unique sightseeing experience. Conclude your tour with a tranquil wander around Houhai Lake and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$ 41.33
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Private Cultural Day Tour: Nanluoguxiang, Beijing Duck Dinner and Peking Opera Show

Step out for an afternoon of sightseeing in Beijing’s traditional hutongs, focusing on the Shichahai Lakes district and Nanluoguxiang Alley. See a mixture of old buildings along the ancient alleyways, including some that were built 800 years ago, then discover the modern boutiques, cafes and bars that they contain. Admire the temples and mansions around Shihachai, and partake in a traditional tea ceremony at the Bell Tower. Top off your experience with a dinner that showcases Peking duck, then enjoy a traditional Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theater during the night.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$ 70.00
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3-Hour Beijing Hutong Bike Tour

Bike through Beijing’s historic hutongs with an experienced guide on a leisurely 3-hour tour that provides an intimate look at the old city. Learn about the history and traditions of the hutongs as you pedal through atmospheric districts and view top sites such as the Forbidden City, the park outside the Imperial City walls, Tiananmen Square, Drum and Bell Towers, Houhai Lakes and more. Hear how modern development has encroached on the hutongs, and glimpse the past and future of Beijing on a fun and fascinating bike tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$ 56.00
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Beijing Nightlife Insider Tour

Soak up Beijing’s electric nightlife on a 5-hour evening tour of the city’s best bars and live music venues. Enjoy two complimentary drinks as you hop between pubs, clubs and cocktail bars, and learn about the city’s thriving music scene from your local guide. Admire the illuminated landmarks of Tiananmen Square, experience the lively atmosphere of Nanluoguxiang Street and tuck into street food (own expense) as you wander through the historic Houhai district. This small-group tour is limited to 9 people for an authentic, intimate experience, and includes hotel pick-up.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$ 66.00
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Beijing City Bike Rental

Take to the streets of Beijing on a bike with this full-day bike rental. Pick up your bike and safety gear from the centrally located shop, then hit the road for a fun-filled tour of your own making. You can pedal over to highlights including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Bell and Drum Tower, Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple. Wheel through the small streets of the hutongs and enjoy the lush parklands around Houhai Lakes — the choice is yours!
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$ 16.00
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