Located in the north of Beijing, Shichahai is consisted of three lakes, Qianhai, Xihai and Houhai. Shichahai has 10 temples around it, hence the name Shichahai (Cha means temple in Chinese). With green waves and weeping willows at the bank, Shichahai becomes one of the popular attractions in Beijing. It has many well-preserved residences and gardens around because it has been a business center of ancient Beijing city since Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368).
With the development of hundreds of years, Shichahai combines different cultures of all estates from emperors to common people. The abnormity but dense Hutongs and Quadrate Yards around the lake represent the culture and history of ancient Beijing. Like pearls sprinkle the lake, the around natural scapes and historical sites reflect the style and features of ancient Beijing. Some well-known attractions are the Prince Gong Mansion, the Silver Ingot Bridge and Yandaixie Street (Tobacco Pipe Lane); the bar street here are popular among locals and tourists from in and abroad. In 1992 the municipal government of Beijing declared the district a "Historical and Cultural Scenic District".
Travelling in Shichahai, you can enjoy the Hutongs of ancient Beijing by pedicab; or view the three lakes' sights by boat; you can also ride a bike to explore absorbing culture of Beijing.
| Shichahai is consisted of three lakes
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