Qi, ba, qiu – you drink! A night in Hou Hai.

The night started with me stopping my first taxi 😀 They are ridiculously cheap in China. We went to Hou Hai, a famous bar street/ party area in the centre. There, I finally felt some real excitement, seeing the Beijing I wanted to see: narrow alleys, simple, small “houses”, street vendors, outdoor karaoke, live music in every small bar and restaurant, colourful lights reflected on the lake, crazy people, life.

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In the second bar we started a conversation with the bar keeper (who did not speak any English). After a while we noticed that they were about to close, but then the bar keeper from next door joined us, so we stayed. I was surprised at how well the Chinese guys understood me and how well I was able to understand them. However, I am still unbelievably grateful for the invention of mobile internet and online dictionaries.

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At a certain point we started a drinking game, killing (free) six-pack after six-pack. This is how I noticed that my Chinese was getting better the more beers I drank. They also had food delivered for us (fruit, fries and some meat skewers), but at 2 am we decided that we’ve had enough since we had to get up a couple of hours later to visit the Great Wall. One of the guys accompanied us to the main street where we got into a taxi and back home. The fact that the driver ripped us off doesn’t really matter, does it? 😛

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