Běijīng’s general lack of water means it’s not associated with dragon boat racing in the same way that Hong Kong is. But the Hòuhǎi Lakes are an exception and are home to the Běijīng International Dragon Boat Racing team, which comprises both locals and foreigners. Starting in April, they train every Sunday afternoon at their base at the Golden Sail Water Sports Club. The owner also rents kayaks (April to September) and the club has a pleasant terrace overlooking Hòuhǎi Lake, where you can sit outside and enjoy a late afternoon beer well away from the far more crowded southern end of the lakes.