After walking around the numerous sights in Beijing, it's sometimes necessary to rest your feet and have a cup of coffee or tea (Chinese of course!) in a relaxing and interesting environment. I found one such place recently, located on the site of an an ancient temple in a small hutong right next to the Bell and Drum Towers.
As soon as you enter the courtyard, you are met by a goldfish pond, an old rickshaw and bamboo trees.
The old temple structure is evident outside but unfortunately large parts of the interior have been converted into a market ( 'to serve the people')