后海 – HouHai

It’s been a while since last time I wrote something here, and I thought that I would write about something else and not just about Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.

The other day I was talking to my best friend, and we were talking about places in Beijing, and of course we ended up talking about 后海 (HouHai). HouoHai is in my opinion the most beautiful place in Beijing. It’s a lake in the center Beijing, surrounding the lake there are Hutong’s all around. Many of the Hutong’s have been made into bars and restaurants, but there are still people living around there. To me, what makes HouHai so special is not the bars, or all the restaurants but it’s the lake itself. It is just so nice, walking around the lake in the summer is very beautiful and so peaceful. In the summer you can even rent a boat and go on the lake, or as some people do – go swimming. During the winter you can go ice skating on the lake, but there is always this one man who goes swimming there during the winter.. This man is awesome! Ever since the first time I went to HouHai (2008) I have seen this man, let’s hope he is still there next time I go to Beijing..
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HouHai has a lot to offer – bars, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, local Beijing snack shops and the Boat / Ice skating rental. It’s got something for everyone. When I would go there with my friends we would go there after lunch and just walk around, sit down for a cup of tea (I don’t drink coffee >.<) and talk, while we wait for the sun to go down.. That’s when we would find a small restaurant order some chuar and enjoy it before we would try to find a bar where there were at least 10 people in. It’s funny, there are so many bars in HouHai, and some bigger than the others, and to my friends and I they all seemed empty, although HouHai itself was crowded..
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There is one time I especially remember.. It’s a bit of a weird story, it makes me laugh every time I think about it. My friend and I went to HouHai after dinner one time, during the summer. And during the summer there are always many people there, and I always feel quite worried about my bag and I always make sure no one walk to close to me.. Also I think I paid too much attention to my friend’s bag also, at least that time.. And my friend and I were just walking towards a bar where we were going to meet some friends and then suddenly we saw all these people standing still, watching something. Of course, curious me had to go there to see what was going on. As we got there we saw a man punch a women and then take her bag and ran away.. I was absolutely terrified and I made sure my bag was still there.. My friend and I looked at each other and said “We have to help this women” my friend is a Chinese girl so she had no problem communicating, as we walked up to the women some man came running up to us and said
” 停,停,停! 我们拍电影呢! ” (“Tíng, tíng, tíng! Wǒmen pāi diànyǐng ne!”) which means “stop, stop, stop we are shooting a movie” >.< ALL the people who were there heard that man, and they all knew that there were shooting a movie.. awkward moment? YES.. >.< At least I learned a new sentence in Chinese 😀

Have you ever been to 后海 ?

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One thought on “后海 – HouHai

  1. That story about bag-snatching and shooting a movie was funny . . . But, assuming it was happening for real and not just for the camera, it was good of you to take action and seek help for the victim. In many cases, people just stand by and do nothing while something bad is happening to others.

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