For Beijing, there are so many tourist attractions with culture and beautiful sceneries waiting for you to explore, although the air in Beijing is not that good, but still in control. In reality, one needs time as well as energy to discover the real behind the imagined in a city, just as one does with a person. Today I would like to introduce you the Shichahai. Take it into your one day private tour Beijing next time.
in the northwest part of Beijing, Shichahai is a famous scenic area
that includes three lakes, surrounding places of historic interest and
scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and
Courtyard. Shichahai consists of the following three lakes, which are
Qianhai, Xihai and Houhai. In imperial times it was called the
Beihai Lake becoming an imperial backgarden, some 20 temples were built
in the area of Shichahai Lake. It was said that these temples were
established for the convenience of women to leave the imperial families.
"Cha" refers to a small temple while "shi" can mean "tens", hence the
name of Shichahai.
Its history can be traced to as far back as the
Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234). During the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), it
was the terminal point of the Great Canal, which was a main reason for
its prosperity. In the period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), when
the channels ceased to be as smooth as they used to be, it changed from a
bustling hub to a place of leisure where people could stroll around to
admire the vast scenery or enjoy the cool shade under williow trees.
greatest point of interest in it today is its residences, Hutong and
Courtyard. Visiting Hutongs by pedicab has become a popular activity for
visitors from China and abroad. The most famous is Jin Si Tao, which
actually includes 18 hutongs and keeps the original layout. Another one
is Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie), meaning an oblique
street which looks like a long-stemmed pipe.
This street used to
be a famous street selling long-stemmed pipes. In the east area, South
Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang) is an interesting hutong renowned
for its long history, culture, specialty stores and distinctive foods.
the lake there are also ten famous Taoist and Buddhist temples and
several formal royal mansions and gardens. The most well known are the
Prince Gong Mansion and the Prince Chun Mansion.
At night, Bar
street becomes a good destination for many youngers. Compared with the
hustling-bustling scenes during the daytime, Shichahai is quiet at
night. The small bars here are exquisite although they don't have showy
They attract those people who know how to enjoy the tranquility of night.
courtyard walls, lush and green willow trees, quiet water,...all this
displays the generosity of this city. Different from other famous
attractions in Beijing, Shichahai has its own features. Maybe it's not
so well-known, but the scenery there never fail to make your trip
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