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A night out in Beijing

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Entrance of Lake Hou Hai

As you may have read, I didn't have much time in Beijing. After a day of working I was looking forward to see at least a bit of the city. So my colleague and I finished work early as she wanted to take me out for dinner. After we've jumped into the car, one minute later we found ourselves in a massive traffic jam. The traffic is incredible, so many cars, busses, bikes, pedestrian. Vehicles changing lanes whenever it suits them. And don't think they are making any use of indicators, no way!

Ok, after creeping through the city for almost an hour we arrived at
Lake Hou Hai. Around the lake there is a newly developed old town (if that makes any sense?!) with a good night life with almost 100 small bars and pubs with character.

You'll find approx. 100 pubs and bars around Lake Hou Hai


Hou Hai is also a good place for a nice stroll, and if you like people watching, just the perfect spot! Note: If someone offers you to come to a "Lady's Bar" you should definitely decline the invitation, it's for your own safety ;-)

After a little bit of walking around and soaking in the atmosphere we found a nice place for dinner where we could sit outside and additionally had a beautiful lake view. Whilst browsing through the menu I realised how different this country is. Stewed snake, deep-fried baby-turtle, fish head?! I've never seen that on a menu before :S I usually like to try new things and love to dive into a new culture but I have to say this was a little bit too much for me. Nevertheless, I wanted to try something new and so my colleague ordered spicy duck skin, an interesting but indefinable chicken dish, rice, and vegetables. Good choice I would say, especially the local beer she ordered for me :)

After dinner we drove into the city centre to see the
Tiananmen Square (Square of the Gate of Heavenly Peace). It's the biggest square in the world, with a total area of 440.000sqm. The square is right beside the Forbidden City and surrounded by the Tiananmen Gate, The Great Hall of the People, and the National Museum of China.
Ewww...snake :S As I call a pet snake my own, I couldn't eat that!
In the middle of the square stands the Monument for the People's Heroes. Absolutely worth going there!



Well, that's it for my first day in
Beijing. I hope you have enjoyed that little day trip with me and I didn't bore you to death with too many details.

Bye for now, you'll hear from me tomorrow!

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Entrance of Lake Hou Hai
Entrance of Lake Hou Hai
Youll find approx. 100 pubs and b…
You'll find approx. 100 pubs and …
Ewww...snake :S As I call a pet sn…
Ewww...snake :S As I call a pet s…
Tsintao, a very taste local beer w…
Tsintao, a very taste local beer …
Duck skin - Taste was ok but consi…
Duck skin - Taste was ok but cons…
It was getting dark and they switc…
It was getting dark and they swit…
Me and Lucy on a rickshaw on our w…
Me and Lucy on a rickshaw on our …
Tiananmen Square by night. In the …
Tiananmen Square by night. In the…
Monument to the Peoples Heroes …
"Monument to the People's Heroes"…
Great Hall of the People, erecte…
"Great Hall of the People", erect…
This is the entrance to the Forbid…
This is the entrance to the Forbi…
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