Shichahai is a quiet oasis that has all the natural beauty that you’ve dreamed of seeing in classic China. Just northwest of the Forbidden City, Shichihai is regarded as a historic scenic area for its three lakes and multi-tiered pavilion. Centuries ago, this park linked historic Beijing the Grand Canal and southern Hangzhou, making it a bustling port for traders and merchants. Because of this, visitors can enjoy historic mansions and temples. In fact, the word “Shichahai” translates to “the lake of ten temples,” named for the ten Taoist and Buddhist temples surrounding the lake in addition to splendid gardens.