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July 07, 2008

Houhai Lake

With dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars, Houhai (pronounced "Ho Hi") is swarming with tourists and expats -- but it’s still a must see both during the day and at night. I’ve visited twice already, and plan to go back many times. Food and drinks can be pricey (40-50 CNY for a beer), but it’s worth it for the live music, lake front seating, and lively atmosphere. On the night of my visit, an organized group of Chinese seniors gathered by the lake with a boom box to practice traditional ballroom dancing -- I’ve heard that they may even do this every night! Houhai, located in Beijing’s northwest, is certain to be a hot spot among visiting journalists.



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