In fact, Houhai is just a part of ShiShaHai, but we often call it ‘Houhai” instead of ‘ShiShaHai”. We usually say:”go to Houhai”, or locals refer to it as “Qianhai.” They go to the lotus market or to the island of center lake to drink a cup of expensive tea. Also they regularly go to the west sea to climb the Huitong temple or pay 20,30 yuan to go fishing in the center of the ancient city.

Best Time to Visit Houhai

Spring and autumn in Beijing are perfect seasons to travel. It is neither too cold nor too hot. In autumn, there are clear skies, crisp air and colorful leaves making Beijing the Golden city. The north edge of the Great Plain of China is surrounded by the hills on one side and waters on the other which creates a typical semi-humid continental climate for Beijing with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 11.8℃with the coldest being -4.6℃ in January and the hottest being 26.1℃ in July. Springs and autumns in Beijing are quite short while winters are relatively long. The average amount of precipitation is 644 mm, with 180 frostless days. Heating systems in Beijing are quite good, so it’s warm indoor in winters. However it’s rather cold outside, and tourists have to wear sweaters and thick coats. Weather forecasts are broadcasted in newspapers, radios and on TV. You can also check the weather by calling 859 which provides Chinese and English weather reports for the day and the next day. Most people go to Beijing to visit historical cites which are not affected by weather. If you arrive in winter, you will get off-season rates in hotels and travel agencies which can save you plenty of money.

How to get to Houhai

By subway from line one(M1) Sihui East to Dongdan station, and transfer subway line 5(M5) to Zhangzizhonglu station. Then by bus, take Road42/823/701/13/power118 to the north gate of the North Sea. Then travel North on this road.

Jack Li
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