Shichahai is a majestic lake situated in downtown Beijing. For centuries it has provided local residents with a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the day. More recently, the lake has benefited from improvements to its environment which has worked to enhance its natural charms. Today, it is a true oasis amidst the sea of activities taking place in the surrounding metropolis. It provides a tranquil escape to stressed workers seeking a sense of space and well-being. When you walk around Shichahai, its historical ambiance inevitably moves you.
Walking to this attraction: 8 mins.
Prince Gong Mansion
Prince Gong’s Mansion was constructed in 1777 for minister He Shen (和珅) during the Qianlong-reign in the late Qing Dynasty. From a young age, He Shen got the trust of Emperor Qianlong, and was able to make large promotion in the imperial administration. In this way he became very wealthy. Because of accusations of corruption, He Shen was executed and the mansion was confiscated in 1799, under the reign of Emperor Jiaqing in favor of Prince Qìng Jùnwáng (庆郡王), the 17th and youngest son of Emperor Qianlong.
In 1851, Emperor Xianfeng assigned it to his brother Prince Gong. It is his name that is currently given to the compound.
In 1921 Prince Gong’s grandson had to hand over the property as a mortgage to the Catholic Church. It was bought by the Furen Catholic University for use as a university buildings, and afterwards for the Beijing Normal University and then for the Chinese Music Academy. During the Cultural Revolution the building was used by the Beijing Airconditioning Factory. In the 1980s it had a new revival. In 1982 it has been declared as one of the Chinese National Cultural Heritages in Beijing. Since November 1996 the buildings and the gardens have become a new publicly open scenic spot for tourists.
Walking to this attraction: 5 mins.
Nanluoguxiang, also named South Luogu Lane, is one of the oldest alleyways in Beijing. With a length of 800meters, Nanluoguxiang has 16 Hutongs running across from south to north; 8 in the east and 8 in the west. Lots of officials and celebs have been living here since Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Historical markings can be found in every hutong here. Nanluoguxiang is among the first 25 areas listed as historical sites by the Beijing Municipal Government in 1990.
Walking to this attraction: 10-15 mins.
Interesting Places we recommend in this area:
85-1 Nanluogu Xiang
Daily: 10.30am-9pm (longer in weekends)
On the historic street Nanluogu Xiang in the center of Beijing’s old center, Beijing Postcards specialises in Beijing and China’s history. The little shop is a hidden gem and treasure trove of historic pictures, postcards, and calendars featuring old China in black and white before the 1950s. On the walls you also find original antique maps of Beijing and China dating back 300 years. If you need a gift item out of the ordinary or just a great historic postcard (￥5) to send to your loved ones, this is the place to go.
NLGX Design Store
Tel: +86 10 6404 8088
Everyday 10am – 10pm
NLGX Design is proud to be an up-and-coming Heritage-Inspired Urban Lifestyle Products Design Company based in Beijing’s creative neighborhood of Nanluoguxiang. We strive to create new designs that bring the energy and spirit of the new urban Beijing lifestyle to trendsetters worldwide.
At NLGX Design, our philosophy is “Preserve…Create.” We are inspired by the colors, patterns, and styles from traditional Chinese culture to create original graphic t-shirts and easy-to-wear fashion casuals. At NLGX, we also feature a line of fashion bags made from recycled materials. Taking on a more literal sense of “Preserve…Create”, we make “green” fun and stylish by re-using waste materials and re-creating them into fashion accessories.
No.18 Banchang Hutong, Nanluoguxiang Dongcheng district
Tel / Fax: 86 – 10 – 6406 0918
Daily 10.30am- 10.00pm (Open Time)
Located at No.18 Banchang Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, one of the most famous and oldest areas in Beijing, the No. 18 Tea Court was part of the mansion of Sengge Rinchen, a general during the Qing Dynasty. Get-togethers: The small Court provides privacy and is a good choice to hold tea parties, banquets, birthday parties and celebrations. It is interesting to enjoy the bright moon when customers sit in the courtyard or sit in the room and look through bead curtains. No. 18 Tea Court provides Japanese but also Italian and French. No. 18 Tea Court dishes are healthy, exquisite and healthy.
West across the main road and down a hutong from the Lama Temple is Beijing’s Confucius Temple. The Confucius Temple receives less crowds than the Lama Temple across Yonghedong Dajie and is a pleasant place to stroll and imagine all the hard study of classics? that took place on this site over the centuries. North of the Confucius Temple is Wudaoying hutong. Designed in Chinese cultural architecture, it presents an array of shops, boutiques, cafes, and nightlife hotspots. It is no surprise that this area of town is beginning to garner the attention of locals and foreigners alike.