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Three Reasons Why You Should Stop by Shichahai

Top tourist destination in Beijing, Shichahai enjoys a long history and a high prestige in Beijing. No trip to Beijing would be complete without a stop by Shichahai! The reasons lie as follows.

Shichahai Has a Long-standing History

Shichahai has a history of hundreds of years, and boasts as the only location in Beijing which has a large body of water. It is a gathering place for a large number of traditional houses and Hutongs. Moreover, there are a few artificial canals flowing through this area, which can date back to the Yuan Dynasty. Back in the Ming and Qing dynasties Shichahai was a favorite haunt very popular with scholars and officials, therefore, there are a large number of poems and articles reserved in the area. Since 1992 the Shichahai has been well protected by the government and gradually become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Beijing.

Shichahai Is Filled with Local Charms

Shichahai has risen up as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Beijing not only for its large body of water but also for its unique neighborhood—a gathering place of typical Beijing Hutong. There are a large number of gardens, Hutongs and Sihe Courtyards as well as temples well reserved in SHichahai Area. More than this, SHichahai also houses a series of featured restaurants and bars. Shichahai offers an insight into the mixed sides of modern and ancient Beijing, with the crash of both the eastern and western cultures. And one of the best ways to explore Shichahai Area is ride a rickshaw throughout the area to do some sightseeing. And passing through countless Beijing Hutongs is a lot of fun and offers you a chance to taste the essence of Beijing. Better yet, go visit a Sihe Courtyard and mingle with the locals or enjoy a homemade meal. In Shichahai, you will always find something interesting to do. It is full of local charms, which enchant every visitor. 

Every year, there are more than 5,000,000 tourists from both home and abroad stopping by Shichahai. It has long been hailed as one of the must-visit destinations in Beijing as well as one of the most beautiful areas worth exploring in China. Shichahai Scenic Area definitely should be put on the top of your travel list in Beijing!

Special Red Leaves View in Beijing (5)

Most people all are know about the beauty of red leaves in Fragrant Hill, but do you know the real beautiful red leaves live? Now, you will have chance to know other places with beautiful red leaves.

Tanzhe Temple in Mentourgou District
Autumn View in Tanzhe Temple

The beauty of red leaves in Tanzhe Temple had famous all of the Peking in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Autumn is the most beautiful season of Tanzhe Temple. Old temple sits at Pingyuan Village which was planted full of persimmon, hawthorn, autumn pear and some colorful trees. After a wind, the red leaves fly in sky, seems like the elfins dancing in sky. The entire mountain is covered by pieces of red leaves. That is one of the most famous Tanzhe Ten Views – Pingyuan Red Leaves in Qing Dynasty.

Autumn of Tanzhe Temple not only has the intoxicating red leaves, but also the surprised old trees with thousand years' history. With various golden yellow leaves, these trees seemed like dressed in the imperial robe, especially the Diwang Tree and Peiwang Tree at back of Daxiong Baodian. Enjoying red leaves in golden autumn is the tradition of local Beijingers. Avoiding people stream and crowded, you can find a piece of quiet in old temple, experience the colors of Tanzhe Temple and appreciate the shock of thousand-year-old trees.

Cuiwei Piedmont – Quiet Red Leaves
Red Leaves along Cuiwei Piedmont

Round of Cuiwei Piedmont, there is no vast area of red leaves, and only several trees. Even there is no more people to enjoy red leaves here, because you can see then at both sides of road. Villagers said that there is almost no tourists come here to enjoy small area of red leaves, just the relatives of villagers could climb mountain to see these red leaves. And the local kids climb mountain to pick red leaves as bookmarks. If you have chance come here, the village sits at foot of mountain is worth to visit. There are many old temples, such as Longwang Temple, Baiyi Guanyin Temple, Guandi Temple, etc. and some of them are national key cultural relics protection. Even the stones in front of houses are all old said by villagers. It is really a quiet village, here you have feeling of traversing.

Baiwangshan Forest Park in Haidian District
Autumn View of Baiwangshan Forest Park

Located short distance from Fragrant Hill, but less crowded. It is said that it is the gathering place for fans of climbing nearest from Beijing downtown. Although it is only 210 meters in elevation, it is the ridge of Taihang Mountain entering Beijing city. not a weekend, there is not many tourists and walkers, always quiet and revealed the historical feeling of vicissitudes. The begin section of road is steeper, but it become more and more flat and you can see some sporadic red leaves and sergeant gloryvine. It is said that red leaves here would be red in beginner of November. At that time, climb to the top of mountain to overlook the whole red leaves is the really enjoying red in Beijing.

The only enjoying red is not the aim of tourists. With good environment and fresh air are all the necessary conditions supporting it.

Special Red Leaves View in Beijing (4)

Refers to enjoy red leaves in autumn of Beijing, several sections of the Great Wall are ideal places to appreciate the grand red leaves. In addition, avoid to some most famous sections such as Badaling and Mutianyu, because they are always crowded in ordinary days let alone the weekend and holiday.

Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall
Red Leaves in Huanghuacheng Great Wall Area

This section is famous for three parts of it flooded into water. No matter the Great Wall, old road, cliff or strange stones, are all show their elegance of beauty, so this section is also reputed with scenery of south area of the Yangtze River and feature of area beyond the Great Wall. Boston Ivy and torch trees become red firstly in autumn. The unique brown owned by chestnut trees, yellow leaves after the baptism of autumn and still green plants are burst their most heavy colors in their life individually.

Up mountain from stages at the door and pass reservoir dam, you will see the beautiful view of water Great Wall clearly. Also, you can take boat to center of lake and enjoy the real Great Wall in water. From different angles, you would have various impressions about this only existed water Great Wall in China. May be you cannot catch the whole red as Fragrant Hill, but you may enjoy the strong cash of colors, which give you special feelings about autumn of Beijing.

Jiankou Great Wall
Red Leaves on Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Great Wall is famous for its shape likes Full bow to buckle the arrow, is one of the most dangerous sections of the Great Wall. Although it is not famous as well as Badaling and Mutianyu, it praised by tourists because of its original feature and undeveloped place which attracts large number of tourists, and it is listed by outdoor and photography lovers into must-see spots in Beijing. The most part of Jiankou Great Wall is Yingfei Daoyang, which built depend upon terrain of mountain, seemed like the lanneret inverted flight in sky, is the most wonderful place to enjoy red leaves.

Not many maples, but these colorful leaves dress Jiankou Great Wall bright and beautiful clothes. Walking in the forest, you will be cleaned the hustle and bustle of city, and conquered by its majestic and magnificent views, even though you have stand on the top of mountain.

Great Wall is not only fit for hike, but also good place to enjoy the pretty of autumn and red leaves. In addition, when you visit the more original sections of the Great Wall, please pay attention to the rules of scenic spots.

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