Houhai is Beijing's newly developed old town of funky nightlife full of small bars and pubs with character. With the glow of lights over the lake Houhai takes on an unreal feeling. Most cafes and restaurants are individually owned and have their own unique style and service.

"The Boat" is recommended because it is the only one bar that locates in a boat in Beijing. The atmosphere is romantic and exciting. Besides bars, visitors to Beijing can visit its many night clubs, massage parlors, tea houses, and KTV. Being in the most popular metropolis of China, there is something for everybody.

Sanlitun Pub Street and the surrounding Embassy Area in Chaoyang District is also a must for many foreign visitors and young people. The various bars attract the staff from the Embassies and white-collar workers alike. Here you will find rock-and-roll, hip-hop and Jazz among the many activities. This is a good place to see first-hand something of modern China after a day of exploring its historical past.