Most of the lakeside bars are tacky affairs, where touts hector you to come inside for ‘happy hour’ specials whatever the time of day or night. Keep walking west on Houhai Nanyan past the main strip of bars and you’ll eventually reach some quieter, more appealing establishments.
Other attractions worth visiting in the Shichahai area include Prince Gong’s Mansion (Liuyun Street) with its classically landscaped gardens, and Jiumen Xiaochi (Nine Gate Snacks), a collection of food stalls showcasing age-old Beijing snacks.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching