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Shichahai

Shichahai

Yangfang Lane, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, 100009

The Basics

Visit Shichahai on a walking tour, a bike tour, a rickshaw ride, or as part of a general Beijing city tour. At night, the area’s vibrant nightlife makes it a popular choice for bar crawls or evening tours. Walking tours typically visit the hutongs around Shichahai, often including bustling Nanluoguxiang and historic Yandaixie Street, as well as the nearby Drum Tower and Bell Tower and scenic Yinding Bridge. In season, Shichahai tours sometimes include a boat ride on one of the lakes.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Shichahai is a great destination for people watching, while ice skating in season is a must with kids.

  • If a stranger or a rickshaw driver invites you to a teahouse, don’t go. The tea scam has set travelers back hundreds of dollars.

  • Crowds, high curbs, and narrow sidewalks make Shichahai a challenging destination for travelers who use wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Shichahai is located in central Beijing, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Tiananmen Square and just to the north of Beihai Park. It has its own subway station, Shichahai, on line 8, but can also be reached from Gulou Street (Guloudajie) on lines 2 and 8. Some travelers walk here from Tiananmen Square via the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Hutongs of Beijing

Exploring the Hutongs of Beijing


When to Get There

The Shichahai area has something to offer in every season and any time of day: ice skating when the lakes freeze (typically in January and February), pedal boats in summer, and a vibrant bar scene that’s at its liveliest when the weather is warm. Avoid the area during Golden Week (the first week of October), when the crowds are crazy.

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Ice Skating in Beijing

One of the great joys of Beijing’s freezing winter is the chance to get out onto the ice, and Shichahai is one of the city’s best skating locations. Besides conventional ice skates, you can ride ice bikes propelled by pedals, ice sleds pushed by spiky poles, ice bumper cars, and, often, ice slides.

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