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Taking a courtyard tour in Qianmen

08-25-2012 15:54 BJT

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In Beijing, Many tourists in Beijing take tours to the Hutongs, traditional alleyways that still demonstrate the authentic lifestyle of old Beijingers, and my personal favorite part of this city. Si He Yuan, translated into "four-section compound", is the typical type of housing in Hutongs. Beijing’s Qianmen area has been offering a free tour of Si He Yuan housing this summer.

Si He Yuan, translated into "four-section compound", is the typical type of housing in Hutongs. Beijing’s Qianmen area has been offering a free tour of Si He Yuan housing this summer.

It may have a plain exterior, but the scenery inside is hidden and beautiful. Lush green plants, a small pool of fish, and pomegranates hanging from the trees. The atmosphere provides a peaceful escape from Beijing’s bustling city life.

This courtyard belongs to Lin Peiyan. His Si He Yuan has been rated by residents as the number one of the five most beautiful Si He Yuans in the Qianmen area. It contains several four-section compounds. Mr. Lin is the third generation owner of the courtyard. He says every piece of decoration in the yard has its meaning.



Lin Peiyan, House Owner, said, The homes of Old Beijingers would have this kind of small pool, you can raise fish or plant lotus’ inside. It’s a symbol of luck. Today you rarely find this kind of tub in the residential houses.

The other 4 top rated Si He Yuans in Qianmen area are all residential houses, so they only open to the public on Friday afternoon. The rest of the week, they are a peaceful getaway for their owners, who enjoy a traditionally relaxed Beijing lifestyle.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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