Chilly Day Around Houhai

Houhai is one of three lakes (the others are Qianhai and Xihai) in central Beijing. It dates back to the twelfth century, after which it became the northernmost part of the Grand Canal, linking the northern capital with Hangzhou in the south. Houhai today is surrounded by one of Beijing’s largest remaining collections of ancient hutong neighbourhoods. Some have been aggressively redeveloped as nightlife and tourist destinations, but further from the lake there are still some streets whose gentrification has taken a more gradual path.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Wednesday January 20 2010at 10:01 pm , filed under Asia Pacific and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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