Shi Family Grand
Shi Family Grand Courtyard is situated
in Yangliuqing Town of Xiqing District, which is the
former residence of Shi Yuanshi - the 4th son of Shi
Wancheng, one of the eight great masters in Tianjin.
First built in 1875, it covers over 6,000 square meters,
including large and small yards and over 200 folk houses.
Shifu Garden, which finished its expansion in October
2003, covers 1,200 square meters, incorporates the elegance
of imperial garden and delicacy of south garden. Now
the courtyard of Shi family covers about 10,000 square
meters, which is called the first mansion in North China.
Now it serves as the folk custom museum in Yangliuqing,
which has a large collection of folk custom museum in
Yanliuqing, which has a large collection of folk art
pieces like Yanliuqing New Year pictures, brick sculpture.
Shi's ancestor came from Dong'e County in
Shandong Province, engaged in water transport of grain.
As the wealth gradually accumulated, the Shi Family
moved to Yangliuqing and bought large tracts of land
and set up their residence. Shi Yuanshi came from the
fourth generation of the family, who was a successful
businessman and a good household manager, and the residence
was thus enlarged for several times until it acquired
the present scale. It is believed to be the first mansion
in the west of Tianjin.
The residence is symmetric based on the
axis formed by a passage way in the middle, on which
there are four archways. On the east side of the courtyard,
there are traditional single-story houses with rows
of rooms around the four sides, which was once the living
area for the Shi Family. The rooms on north side were
the accountants' office. On the west are the major constructions
including the family hall for worshipping Buddha, theater
and the south reception room. On both sides of the residence
are side yard rooms for maids and servants.
Tianjin Travel Attractions
New Year's paintings