Known for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolors, Qi Baishi (1864–1957) was an influential Chinese painter who lived in Běijīng from 1917 onwards. This particular courtyard residence – built on the site of the Qing dynasty home of Emperor Hong Taiji's fourth son, Ye Bushu (1627–90) – was his home for just the final two years of his life. Rooms here contain numerous examples of his scroll paintings, and one includes a detailed introduction (with English translations) to his life story.
The courtyard also makes a pleasant spot for a cuppa. There's no cafe as such, but there are tables and chairs scattered around, and the drinks menu (also in English) includes good-value tea (from ¥10) and coffee (¥15).