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The Four-sided Courtyard——the former imperial city’s charm with long history
  As Beijing traditional vernacular dwelling, The Four-sided courtyard has a history of over 200 years. Dongcheng District, the conservation district of the historical culture, has the complete courtyard vernacular dwellings stemming from Yuan Dynasty. Now there are many restaurants, clubs, hotels, galleries, tea houses, theatres, bars and other service facilities making use of courtyards all over the Hutongs and streets in Dongcheng District, forming a part of special tourism of culture kind in Dongcheng District. Gege Fu (Princess’s Mansion), is the former mansion for Prince Cheng, the twenty-forth son of Qing Emperor Kangxi. During Emperor Tongzhi’s reign (1856-1874), Empress Dowager Cixi granted this mansion to Princess Rongshou for her wedding. You will feel living in Qing Dynasty over 100 years ago when you taste the delicious foods here with the waiters and waitresses in Qing costumes. You can taste world famous “Ching and Han” Royal Dynasty Feast at Zuiyuan, the “Ching and Han” Royal Dynasty Feast Restaurant, the former residence of Ruilin (late Qing Dynasty’s grand academician), experiencing the nobleness and luxury of the former royal officials. Guigongfu Restaurant used to be the residence of Empress Dowager Cixi’s brother, also called the “Residence of Phoenix” for the reason that two empresses, Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu’s Empress Longyu were brought up here. You can taste lavish dishes here such as Gugongfu Tofu, Luyuzhucha (boiled tea by Luyu, the creator of Chinese tea making), Wulongwoxue, Cixiluoroufang (a kind of braised pork loved by Empress Dowager Cixi)…. Now there are more than 100 service places such as restaurants, clubs, hotels, tea houses and bars making use of the traditional courtyards and garden architectures in Dongcheng District, the perfect embodiment of traditional culture and modern life.