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Night scenery of Houhai in Beijing

 

Houhai,Beijing

Houhai is directly north of Tian'anmen Square and just south of subway Line 2. Because of its proximity to the Forbiddent City, this area was historically home to court officials and the city's elite. Some of their residence still stand. Historic sites include the Drum and Bell Towers and former residences of literati and court officials, including revolutionary author Guo Morou, Song Qingling, Sun Yat-sen's widow, and Chinese author, Mao Dun. Prince Gong's Mansion, a courtyard home that housed He Shen, a corrupt member of Emperor Qianlong's imperial guard, can also be found in the area. Aside from the alleyways and historic sites, what attracts most people is the variety of bars and restaurants.