Shichahai in the early morning

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Plan your Beijing tour? Pick a fine day for an early morning stroll along the shores of the three lakes of Shichahai – Qianhai Lake ( Front Lake ), Houhai ( Back Lake ) and Xihai ( West lake ).

Qianhai and Houhai are spanned by the famous bridge known as Yinding Bridge ( Ingot Bridge ). So Shichahai is the collective name for the three lakes which are roughly located between Drum Tower (Bell Tower and the northern gate of Beihai Park.

The Yinding Bridge links the Houhai Lake and the Qianhai Lake with the reflection of the rising sun on the water surface of the Houhai Lake.

the reflection of the rising sun on the water surface of the Houhai Lake
The reflection of the rising sun on the water surface of the Houhai Lake

Many residences along the lake shores have been converted into bars, cafes and restaurants.

Shichahai (Qianhai and Houhai in particular) is now well known for the spectacular nightlife

Many residences along the lake shores have been converted into bars, cafes and restaurants
Many residences along the lake shores have been converted into bars, cafes and restaurants

Standing on the Yinding Bridge and look at the Houhai Lake surrounded with marble railings. Fishing is not allowed on the three lakes to protect the lake conditions.

But you will find a big number of local anglers sitting around the lakes for fishing.

Fishing at Shichahai
Fishing at Shichahai

The rising sun casts its reflection the Qianhai Lake dotted with the floating lotus leaves.

The rising sun casts its reflection the Qianhai Lake dotted with the floating lotus leaves.
The rising sun casts its reflection the Qianhai Lake dotted with the floating lotus leaves.

Qianhai Lake is a perfect place for killing your leisure time – boating and drinking.

Qianhai Lake is a perfect place for killing your leissure time
Qianhai Lake is a perfect place for killing your leissure time

Only fishing and nothing else, a good pastime for hardworking people.

Only fishing and nothing else,
Only fishing and nothing else

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Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
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Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
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Further Readings


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The night view of Shichahai
Shichahai in the early morning
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