Hou Hai is an area of Beijing known for its alleyways and lakes/recreation areas. There are also two enormous towers – the drum tower and the bell tower.
I had lunch up on a rooftop overlooking the lake where I got to watch the boat traffic jams as everyone tried to pass through the narrow part of the lake and under the bridge at the same time. It was quite amusing.
Instead of taking the subway back to my hotel I decided to walk. It was probably a few miles but the sun was out and the air was cool. I bought a ticket to Beihai park and meandered through. I saw more people on the lake boating, groups doing exercise, and of course the amazing White Dagoba on an island in the middle of the lake.