Attraction Shichahai, Xicheng, Beijing China Published on: 03-08-2016

3 hours
04:00 PM
07:00 PM
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Shichahai is a famous scenic area that includes three lakes (Qian Hai, meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai, meaning Western Sea).

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Why Shichahai is special ?

Shichahai is a famous scenic area that includes three lakes (Qian Hai, meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai, meaning Western Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard. It is located in the northwest part of Beijing, and covers a large area of 146.7 hectares (about 363 acres).

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.


What to explore at Shichahai?

It is always a good place for local residents' recreational life, and in the last 200 years, many governmental officers, celebrities, monks and nuns chose to build mansions, temples and nunneries in it. Thus, its attraction lies not only in its natural beauty, but also in the historical value of its architecture. The most famous ones among these historical buildings are Prince Gong's Mansion (Gong Wang Fu), Price Chun's Mansion (Chun Wang Fu), the Former Residence of Song Qing Ling, the Former Residence of Mei Lan Fang (the well-known Peking Opera master) and Guang Hua Temple.

People can also find two Old Brands here. One is Kao Rou Ji, a restaurant selling roast meat, which has a history of over 150 years. The other is Bao Du Zhang, which has sold cooked tripe of sheep for four generations. By visiting it, visitors will get an authentic taste of the style and features of Old Beijing.


How to get to Shichahai?

Take Subway Line 6 and get off at Beihai North Station. Get out of the station from Exit B and walk along Di'anmen Xi Dajie to the east till you see the gate of Hehua Market (Lotus Market).

Take Bus 612, 90, 701, 118, 204, 623, 42, 107, 13, 111,609 and get off at Beihai Beimen (north gate of Beihai Park) or 60, 124 at Gu Lou (Drum Tower). Beihai Beimen Station is close to Lianhua Market where there are many pubs and the rickshaw tour starts. Gu Lou Station is close to Yandai Xiejie.


Selling points

  • Great place to come after along day of sight seen
  • One of the many highlights of your trip
  • Beautiful lake to walk in the night
  • Great park to stroll at night
  • Lots of nice restaurants here
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Shichahai, Xicheng, Beijing China

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  • The small bars here are exquisite although they don’t have showy names. They attract those people who know how to enjoy the tranquility of night. The business hours of Bar street: 10:30-13:00 and 17:00-21:00.
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  • Shichahai lake is suitable for visit during the year. In the summer you can rent boats to paddle on the lakes. In the winter you come to ice-skate.
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  • At night, live singing bars are around the lake makes it as hot spot to hangout with your friends and family.
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  • Shichahai rickshaws are also restricted in their route access mainly due to the different administrative zones. You should ask about the route before taking a rickshaws.
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  • You should be wary of some unethical rickshaw drivers who rip you off by offering you exorbitant prices since there is no fixed official price for the rickshaw tour. Normally RMB 50 per hour. You have to haggle with the rickshaw drivers
  • Rickshaws driver are paid a fee for taking tourists to teahouses around Shichahai area. You should be wary of tea scam.

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