Shichahai lies in Xicheng district, Beijing downtown area. It featured with historical sites, beautiful sceneries and charming folk customs. Many delicious old Beijing snakes can be also found here.
Occupying a large area of 146.7 hectares, ShiChahai consists of Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai (also called Jishuitan), which is a narrow lake from northwest tilting to southeast. The three lakes connect with each other, forming one water area, while the Back Sea (Houhai) possesses the largest water surface among them and it is the most famous one. During the Yuan Dynasty, it was the starting point of the north part of the Grand Canal linking up the north and the south, so it was once a famous commercial area. Around the lake, there are many prince mansion and gardens of the Qing dynasty. Besides, people can also see the Former Residence of Song Qingling, the Former Residence of Mei Lanfang (the well-known Peking Opera master) and Guang Hua Temple.
Shichahai is really a place full of charming scenes and culture atmosphere. In summer, you can boat on the lake while in winter you can skate. In addition, don't forget to taste the traditional Chinese food at the famous restaurant Kao Rou Ji and Bao Du Zhang.