- Chinese name: 什刹海
- Location: Xicheng District, Beijing, from the north side of Di’anmenwai Street in the east, Xinjiekou North Street in the south, Xinjiekou gap in the west, and Bell and Drum Tower in the north
- Opening hours: open all year round
- Ticket price: free
- Total area: 302 hectares
- Water area: 336,000 square meters
- Famous attractions: Prince Gong’s Mansion and Gardens, Soong Ching Ling’s Former Residence and King Mansion
- Suggested play time: 2-3 hours
- Suitable season for play: June-August, December-February
- Virtual Tour: https://v.visitbeijing.com.cn/pano/13_1/index.html
Shichahai refers to the three lakes of Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai and the adjacent areas. It has a large area of beautiful lakes and is also a famous historical district in Beijing. There are many former residences of celebrities, palaces and other historical sites scattered in it. There are also various delicacies that are close to the lives of ordinary people. Houhai Bar Street is an old resort for nightlife in Beijing.
Things To Do:
When you first arrive at Shichahai, you must be attracted by the large expanse of lake light at first sight. In summer, the lake is very cool and the lotus is in full bloom. You can enjoy the lake view by boat. There are many piers along the lake, such as Haomeng Jiangnan Pier and Lotus Market Pier in Qianhai, Wild Duck Island Pier and Liuyin Zhengdu Pier in Houhai, and there are cruise ships available.
Pedal boats and rowing boats can be enjoyed by yourself. Depending on the type of boat, the boat fee ranges from 40-60 yuan per hour; if it is a sightseeing boat, it will take you around the lake for about an hour. The boatman It will also explain the scenic spots of Shichahai, and the reference price of boating with people is 50 yuan.
ice skating on the lake in winter
In winter, when the lake is frozen, the cruise ships will not open, but you can come to enjoy the winter scenery. When the ice layer reaches a certain thickness, a Shichahai skating rink will be opened on the lake. The admission price is 20 yuan per person. In addition, skates, ice bikes, etc. are also available for rent, which are not expensive, but a deposit of 100-200 yuan is required.
visit ancient buildings
The ancient buildings around Shichahai make the scenic spot still retain the characteristics of old Beijing. There are Huitong Temple, Deshengmen Archery Tower, Prince Chun’s Mansion, Guanghua Temple, Yinding Bridge, Bell and Drum Tower and other scenic spots.
Among them, the most famous one is the mansion of Heshen on Qianhai West Street – Prince Gong’s Mansion. In addition to seeing the mansion of He Shen, a corrupt official in the Qing Dynasty, there are more than 10,000 “Fu” characters hidden in the mansion.
If you are interested, you can turn to Yandai Xie Street to look for the Qing Dynasty Post Office, which marked the birth of modern Chinese postal services. You can knock a few postmarks with exquisite patterns at the post office as a commemoration. Of course, you must buy postcards from the post office before stamping the postmark.
Try Old Beijing Snacks
If you like to eat some snacks at will, you can buy a bunch of candied haws, leaning against the white marble railings in Shichahai, while eating, you can watch the cruise ships passing by on the lake. If you want to specifically look for Beijing snacks, you can go to Jiumen Snacks. In the old-fashioned courtyard house, you can find everything from sauced beef, sausage fire, mutton, tofu brain; or go to Huguosi Snack Street to the west of Mei Lanfang Memorial Hall. , palace cheese, sole fire, taste the delicious food from the alley; in addition, there is a Quanjude roast duck restaurant in the lotus market.
Whenever night falls, the lively time comes. There are bursts of singing from the many bars around Shichahai. Some bar singers in Shichahai are really good at singing. There are stories of the “Northern Drifters” behind the bars. Rock singer Dou Wei has sung in Shichahai for 3 years. It is said that he is now the owner of the restaurant Qingyunlou in Shichahai. Other well-known bars include Hutong Xieyi and Jiadingfang. Go to the bar to sit and watch the singers perform. From the singing, you can hear the enthusiasm of the “Northern Drifters” for music.
Shichahai is adjacent to Nanluoguxiang to the east, Beihai Park to the south, and not far from Jingshan Park, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square to the south. Usually go to the Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square during the day, and sit at the bar in Shichahai at night; if you don’t go to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and like the lake view, you can visit Beihai Park and Shichahai together; if you only like shopping and eating snacks, you can go to Nanluogu next to Shichahai after shopping Alley to continue shopping.
Shichahai Tourist Map
Shichahai Travel Guide
must see tips
- The quality of music at night in Houhai Bar Street is very high. Many celebrities sang here before they became famous. Pick a bar and listen to the stories behind the singing of the Peking drifters.
- Prince Gong’s Mansion is the former residence of Heshen, Yandai Xiejie is a well-known commercial street in Beijing, and it is a place worth visiting around Shichahai.