Shichahai Area

Whilst in Beijing we visited the Hutong and Shichahai historic scenic area. Hutong has a double meaning. Originally, a hutong is a type of narrow-alley. In Beijing, hutong alleys are formed by lines of Siheyuan, old Beijing residences, called courtyard or quad houses in English. Thus, hutong also refers to the neighbourhood formed by lines of Siheyuan houses. So Hutong was the place we experienced the old authentic Beijing culture, and the Shichahai Scenic Area is where the old Chinese culture was most featured. It is located in the west of old Beijing and used to be part of the old Grand Canal of the Yuan Dynasty 600 years ago. Willows line the river bank, like a misty green curtain. The lake shore line is packed with people chatting, drinking, shopping and generally relaxing. From here we had a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of the old area. We dismounted our rickshaws and walked down even narrower alleys to eventually enter a single doorway that lead into a small private courtyard. This was a typical family home of the area, where the home family entertained us, with the lady of the house playing a 400 year-old Guzheng Chinese Zither. After which we all sat inside to enjoy an excellent traditional home-style Chinese meal(and a few Chinese beers). For me, this being allowed to share an evening in the home of a Chinese family, was one of the highlights of the tour. The house itself was over 500 years old, and I felt very privileged and honoured to be one of the family’s guests.

Above: The scenic Shichahai area of old west Beijing

Above: Part of our rickshaw ride, from the lake past gardens and former ministers residences.

Above: Ivor and Barb, (my travel companion), in a rickshaw, and then in the private courtyard of the Chinese family home, where we were entertained and had a home-cooked Chinese meal.

 

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Hi, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm a retired, part-time plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for 9 months, and writing poems for nearly 18 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

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    1. Thank you for reading my post and commenting. I am I’d like to thank you for following my blog/website, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading my humble writings and I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor 🌏

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    1. I felt quite an aura of ancient times while I was soaking up the surroundings, and I didn’t take any pictures of inside the house, it just didn’t seem right amongst so many lives and memories that were present in the walls of the old home.

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      1. I can understand that. I think I would have wanted the walls to absorb part of me into it’s history. And 500 years from now, when another sits there….and wonders about the lives that have passed through it’s walls….

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  1. How wonderful, Ivor! And thank you for taking us with you via photos and teaching us about what you saw and learned!
    Getting to spend time in that home and have a home cooked meal…what an honor and such precious memories made! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Marta, I’ve struggled to do these posts about my trip, I’m a bit of a wreck at the moment, the adrenaline from the trip has worn off and I’m super tired, physically and mentally. 8.00pm here and I’m going to bed already…….. zzzzzzzzzz

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