Routes to find holiday fun

By Yang Feiyue | China Daily | Updated: 2022-01-28 08:15
Share - WeChat
Beijing World Park is among the highlights of the capital's trendy Spring Festival routes. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Lakes and lanes

One can find traditional hutong in the Shichahai area in Xicheng district. Shichahai, with its lake, covers an area of around 336,000 square meters. Within its boundaries are its three water sections of Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai, and many well-known scenic spots and historical sites, including Prince Gong's Mansion and the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen). During the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the lake was the northernmost point of the Grand Canal, and boats arrived here carrying silk and food from all points south. Every winter, the lake takes on a carnival atmosphere as it is turned into an ice rink.

Yandai Xiejie, or Yandai Byway, is a hutong in the neighborhood that, in the late 19th century, was a famous cultural street for antiques, paintings and stationery, as well as being popular among tobacco aficionados. It remains a frequent destination for Beijing residents to explore gastronomic delights, antiques, books, paintings and ancient buildings.

Exiting the street from the east, visitors must take a trip to Nanluoguxiang, about 10 minutes walk away. It is one of the oldest blocks in Beijing and has a well-preserved hutong layout from the Yuan Dynasty. Visitors can enjoy the distinctive architecture and immerse themselves in the local lifestyle and culture.

|<< Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next   >>|

Related Stories

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349