The Shichahai area is situated
in the west of old Beijing. It used to be part
of the old Grand Canal of the Yuan Dynasty 600
years ago. And now it is circled by the former
palaces of ministers, temples, well-kept Siheyuans
(quadrangle) as well as residences of celebrities
in the past.
Shichahai area still has the
ambience of an ancient city, despite its modern
setting. Its lake waters ripple and glitter around
the many lotuses floating on its surface. Willows
line the bank like a misty green curtain, as a
trickle of people cross the 1,000-year-old bridge.
The lakeshore is packed with young people chatting,
drinking and generally relaxing as wood pigeons
coo overhead. The place is well known a night
spot as eastern Beijing's Sanlitun bar street
in the embassy district. The view from Shichahai
bar resembles a watercolor.
means "ten temple lakes". Shichahai
area oe Shichahai Lake is also the name of three
connectd lakes - Qian Hai Lake, Houhai Lake and
Xihai Lake. It used to be 10 temples around the
lakes, hence Shichahai Lake. The Silver Ingot
Bridge ( Yinding Bridge ), a narrow channel joining
Qianhai Lake and the Houhai Lake, the hub of Shichhai
area with surrounding quiet hutongs.
Lots of pubs or bars are built along the three