The Old Courtyard Tian that is located in Cormorant Bay of Zhangjiajie City on the eastern side of the bridge 500 meters is the place where the Premier Zhu Rongji has studied. It was build by Tian Qiyuan in the early years of Qing Dynasty and it was also the former residence of Tian Qiyuan’s great-great-grandson, Tian Qijun who was the geologist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Old Courtyard was founded in the early Yong Zheng period of Qing Dynasty, and it was a typical fire seal courtyard building. The total size of rooms has thirty-one, its layout is rigorous, furnishings don’t change the past appearance and the treasures of it are rare. The Old courtyard is now listed as key protection units in Hunan Province. And it is the most intact ancient Tujia house for the preservation of Xiangxi, even the whole country. And it is the living fossil of the Tujia architecture, known as “a house of Tujia”.
Old courtyard is the ancestral home of the ancestors Tian. Tian Chengman in the Northern Song Dynasty years has served as the Gestapo, Taifu, and Taishi duty.
Coming to the Old Courtyard, you can feel the unique life styles of the deep mountains. It can tell you a story of eight generations of scholarly family and reveal the true meaning of the sustainable development of the talents. The Old Courtyard has rare treasures, and there are many unsolved mysteries. It fuses Confucianism, Taoism culture, Buddhism culture, mysterious cultural together here, and becomes a diversified textbooks. The old courtyard allows you to participate in the activities of Tujia, touch Tujia people’s passionate, honest and hospitable feelings, and experience simple ancient Tujia customs. At the same time, it gathered many people in different places of Xiangxi here and show you the wonderful masterly skills, so you have never even heard of it, and indulged in pleasures without stop……