Beijing is a city of surprise, the scenery and architectures are amazing. I would like to introduce you Leshou Hall in Summer Palace and Shichahai, preparation for your Beijing tour.
Leshou Hall in Summer Palace
are two buildings called Leshou Hall among the imperial garden
buildings in Beijing, one is in Ningshou Palace, northeast region of
Forbidden City, and the other one is in the Summer Palace. The Leshou
Hall in Summer Palace was the building as part of Qingyi Park during
Emperor Qianlong period, as well as the main building in the residential
living area of Summer Palace. This building is built for the mother of
Emperor Qianlong (Queen Shengxian) for her 60th birthday. As Queen
Shengxian believed in Buddhism, the upper part of Hall was arranged like
a temple for worship.
Leshou Hall was repaired in Jiaqing seven
years (1802), but was destroyed in Xianfeng then years (AD 1860), and
was rebuilt in Guangxu seventeen years (1891).
Leshou Hall faces
the Kunming Lake, leaned against Longevity Hill, east of Dehe Park and
Renshou Hall, and west of the long gallery, is the best place to live
and play in the Summer Palace. The golden inspcription "Leshou Hall" on
the tablet was inscribed by Emperor Guangxu. There is copper deer,
copper crane, and copper vases displaying inside the Leshou Hall,
meaning "six peaces". Inside the hall, there are plants and flowers such
as planted magnolia, crabapple, peony, full House, which have meaning
as "wealth". Now a magnolia in front of on the Yaoyue Door is
transplanted by Qianlong from the south.
Leshou Hall is a large
quadrangle courtyard, the main hall in the yard is the Leshou Hall,
there are side halls on the east and west side, and nine Houzhao halls
in the backyard.
Located 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: Qianhai,
Xihai and Houhai. In imperial times it was called the Riverbank.
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
Grey 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 regretful.