Oct 6 2019

Old Man Tower 万松老人塔

Beijing Wansong Old man Tower is on Zhuanta Hutong 西城区西四南大街41号旁门, 第一胡同砖塔胡同. The only dense eaves brick tower (?) 密檐式砖塔 tower in Beijing, is a bookstore now.


Oct 6 2019

Xinhua Bookstore 西四新华书店

55 Xisi North Blvd. next to Guangji Temple
西四北大街255号 (广济寺旁)
Xisi, Beijing

This bookstore is called Corner Building 西四街楼 (also called 皇城警卫楼) is in a landmark building at the corners of … The two 2-story buildings were built in 1894 to celebrate Cixi’s 60th birthday. However, she had to scale down the party within the Forbidden City because Japan had invaded China. The bookstore is on the northwest corner 西北角 and a bank is on the northeast corner of Xisi Blvd., which was, however, demolished in the 1980s.

… and the Xisi N Blvd up till Dahong Luochang Street 大红罗厂街.

Old Beijing Hutong Post Office 老北京胡同邮局

Oct 5 2019

Getting lost in Beijing

After lunch at Xiaodiao Litang 小吊梨汤, I took bus to go to tennis tournament. As I was busily taking pictures of Beijing, I missed my stop by more than 10 miles. Not mentioning that I missed the date with my friend … but my misfortune got me to see the beautiful sunset.


Oct 4 2019

Furen University 辅仁大学

Dingfu Street

The site of former Furen University 辅仁大学旧址, known as Fu Jen Catholic University. It started in 1913 as Furen Group 辅仁社, changed to Furen Uni in 1927. By 1952, it resolved. Many  and absorbed into Beijing Normal, Beijing, Renmin and Shanxi universities.We left Tao Beile Mansion and walked on Dingfu Street, came upon this.

Oct 4 2019

Xishiku Cathedral Church 西什库天主堂

33 Xishiku St., 西什库大街33号

It’s commonly called 北堂 Beitang – the northern church, in Xisi. It opened for business in 1703 and to the current location in 1888, and was greatly damaged during the Boxer Uprising in 1900 …


Oct 4 2019

Deshengmen, #4 School

Beijing‘s 西城区西黄城根北街… 德胜门 and #4 Secondary School 四中


the hair and nail salon …

Oct 4 2019

Mei Lanfang’s Memorial

9 Huguosi Jie 护国寺街9号

The small insert on the lower right was Qixin’s (Chee Hsin) product sample

The admission is ¥10 to the famous female role Beijing opera singer’s old residence. After Furen and Prince Gong’s residence, we ducked in because of the rain after we left

I should thank the weather: I spotted the familiar floor tiles and yes, they were made by Qixin (Chee Hsin). In fact, high end siheyuans’ floors in Beijing were all tiled by Qixin – they were the leader in the industry and because of advanced management and modern equipment, had more than 90% of the domestic market, thanks to Zhou Xuexi.


Oct 4 2019

Leifeng Primary School 雷锋小学

Xitao S Alley, Xicheng District,
Beijing, China

After lunch at Huifeng, we passed by this school and continued on Deshengmen & #4 Secondary School. Then the church at last.


Oct 4 2019

Huifeng 惠丰

67-9 Huguosi Street 护国寺大街67-69号

The lunch at this eatery 惠丰门丁肉饼店 is pretty good. The location is super convenient, next to Mei Lanfang Memorial and they’re relatively clean. The food is fine and they serve them in a timely manner. Probably will return if I’m in the area.


Oct 4 2019

Prince Gong’s Residence 恭王府

This part of Beijing, west of the historic scenic area Shishahai, which is northwest to the Forbidden City, is full of formal residences of the princes from Qing dynasty. The one that is open to the public is Prince Gong 恭亲王奕訢 (1833-98) who was also known as Kung to the West and 鬼子六 to the Chinese, due to his pro western view.

Prince Gong’s Mansion

14 Liuyin Street 柳荫街, Xicheng District,
Beijing 100009,

I was unable to visit it last year due to renovation. Reportedly, Prince Gong’s mansion was used by companies and private residents for decades. It took the government a monumental effort to move them out and restore.

Prince Gong was the sixth son of Emperor Daoguang (r. 1820-50). Gong moved into this mansion in 1851 which was originally built for Heshen, the most favored man of his great-grandpa, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1735 to 96).

It was a rainy day but the tourists are massive which makes touring less enjoyable. It consists multiple siheyuans @ ¥40 admission.


Tao Beile Mansion 涛贝勒府
27 Liuyin Street

Afterward, we walked on Liuyin Street and stopped at Tao Beile Mansion. Beile 贝勒 was Manchu nobility title as doro beile. Many tourists streamed by on pedicabs but the complex is closed to the public because it’s a secondary school now #13 (on Liuyin Street) and the part on Dingfu Street 定阜街 became part of Furen University.

Prince Qing’s Residence
3 Dingfu St

Continue on Dingfu Street, sandwiched between Furen University and Mei Lanfang Memorial is Prince Qing’s Mansion 庆亲王 奕劻 Yikuang (1838-1917). He was best known perhaps for his more sympathetic view toward foreigners during the Boxer Uprising in 1900 and served as the first Prime Minister of the Imperial Cabinet (replace the Grand Council) in 1911.

After decades of changes, there isn’t anything for the public to see – the reception guy stopped us. All I could see was bold letter signs atop a grey modern building, that reads 听党指挥 能打胜仗 作风优良 means listen to the party’s command, can win the battle, good style …


A long day in the capital that followed:

  1. Furen & MLF
  2. lunch at Huifeng.
  3. Leifeng school 
  4. Deshengmen/#4 
  5. church