In the following year, a formal peace pact was signed. About a month later, Cixi left Xi’an at last. She was utterly fearful of foreigners just as she was extremely arrogant toward her own countrymen. She stopped far a long time in Henan and halted in Baoding for quite a few days before finally arriving in Beijing. According to unofficial accounts，an amusing episode took place during this long and drawn out journey. When a local official offered a monkey to her as a gift，she was so pleased that she ordered a yellow mandarin jacket to be conferred upon the monkey. later, a eunuch heard some officials complaining that people were considered less worthy than a monkey and went to inform Cixi，who realized that her order had been indeed a little too whimsical. So she issued another edict granting each of the escorting officials a yellow mandarin jacket. Upon the receipt of such an unusual favor the officials did not know whether they should thank Cixi or rather the monkey for it.