We went to Prince Gong after spending a wonderful morning at the Summer Palace. How I wish we had stayed at the Summer Palace! Prince Gong was over run with huge tour groups all with loud speakers, the gardens looked terrible (probably due to the season) and the toilets were really awful due to the vast number of people queuing for them. I wouldn't recommend this place!
The buildings and grounds would have made for an interesting visit except that there were thousands of Chinese tourists visiting at the same time in tour groups. Cannot say if this is normal or not but it made the experience more like being in the Forbidden City with less space. Maybe doing this early in the day would work and then going to Song Qingling's former residence later since it is very quiet there. Admission was 40 Yuan.
Prince Gong's palace. This palace was built during the reign of the Qianlong emperor. It was originally built for Heshun who was a Manchu official and the emperor's favourite. The residence was appropriated by the Imperial household after he was found guilty of using regal motifs in his mansion design. It was later bequeathed to prince Gong in the Xianfeng emperors reign. Sometimes in the summer Beijing, opera is performed in its grand opera house.
Prince Gong's mansion, located in central Beijing, is a large property which contains many classical pieces of architecture which you can see and enter, including the magnificent Chinese teahouse pictured here. However, beware the often large crowds of tourists that frequent this site. For a more peaceful alternative, try Soong Ching-ling's mansion, not far away.
A musical show with acrobatics is offered in Prince Gong's Palace to tourists. During the duration of the musical, you will be served a light snack and tea. The performance is just ok. Nothing special really.
Prince Gong's Palace has nice gardens with peculiar rocks. It is huge with lagoons great for photo shoot. There's also a beautiful corridor inside. A musical show is also offered with light snacks and tea. Plenty of tourist visit this place.
Well-preserved royally garden for aristocratic residences from the Qing Dynasty.
The private residence of He Shen, a favorite minister of Qianlong during the Qing,the mansion was built in 1777. Later, it was bestowed upon Prince Gong by Emperor Xianfeng,thus the name "Prince Gong's Mansion".
Situated in Liuyin Street in the Scenic neighborhood of Shishahai, Prince Gong's Palace is the best preserved of all princely mansions of the Qing in Beijing. Attached to the rear of this pompous mansion is a serene garden with well-manicured lawns. A theatre stands on the premises, where traditional ballad-singing and story-telling performances are given every day.
Palace of Prince Gong is used to be home of He Shen, a famous malfeasant in history. He collected money unlawfully then bulit the luxurious palace for himself. Ultimately, he was executed by law. Now his home is setting out to civilians. This is really where come from where go into. Culture eventually belongs to all people in the world. It's the biggest compond with houses around courtyard at present in world.
The private residence of He Shen, a favorite minister of Qianlong during the Qing (1736-1796), the mansion was built in 1777. It consists of 31 pavilions, halls, and residential buildings; nine courtyards; several arched bridges; large ponds with islands and swans; one immense rock garden in the classic style; and even its own private pagoda for gazing at the moon. We wandered through the garden area which is the only place open to the public. We saw the gardens, huge rock formations that had been imported from south China, a pool in the shape of a bat [bats are a symbol of happiness – go figure!], a small lake, many pavilions.
Gongwangfu is north of Beihai Park, off of Luiyan Street (Willow Shadow). The tea house once was the palace of a prince of the Qing Dynasty. A great place to visit while touring the Hutongs in that area. It has very pictureque gardens.
While we were here we were given a demstration of the various types of tea in China and the ceremony associated with it.
This residence of a Qing noble is really a beautiful place. It's one of the places where film crews like to shoot historical TV shows and movies. It features beautiful old Chinese-style architecture, gardens, a lake, and a theme of 'fu' (happiness). You may also get to see a performance in the old theatre as you sip tea and munch on Chinese snacks.
If you want to know details about it, check out a website or a book about it, because I don't know a lot of specifics, I just know that I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it a beautiful and interesting place to walk through. But I would definitely recommend finding an English tour guide or someone who can translate. There are so many interesting stories and facts about the things you'll see there, but these are not written on any English signs or anything like that.
Gong Wang Fu, or the Residence of Prince Gong covers 5.7 hectares of land in the heart of Beijing. It is the world's largest courtyard house.Since it was owned by Yi Yi, one of the highest-ranking nobles of the Qing Dynasty, the Residence of Prince Gong is not only big but also of high standards. This is reflected in its five-room facade and great number of rooms, including 12 halls and seven bedrooms. It was against the rules for lower ranking officials to have a residence of the same caliber. The presence of stone lions in front of the residences shows that their owners were officials above Rank Five. The number of hair knots on the stone lions further indicates their ranking in the hierarchy:the emperor was entitled to 13 lines of hair knots, princes 12 lines,and so on in descending order for officials of different ranks. House style and tile color had to follow strict rules, too. He Shen, a high-ranking official who had owned the residence before Prince Gong, was ordered by the emperor to kill himself. One of his crimes was his construction of a hall which was similar in style to the emperor's Ningshou Hall. Reflection of officials' status in the architectural styles of their residences was a striking feature of China's feudal hierarchical system. The Residence of Prince Gong is a rare example.
(The photos are not taken by me,I will add my photos soon)
I went to Gong Wang Fu with some friends on last sunday(7,July,2002),There were lots of Tourists in the palace,The tourists normally walk with the group and every group has an excellent guide(in Chinese)from Gong Wang Fu,As we only bought the single ticket but not group ticket,We slinkingly followed a group and listening the interesting stories from the lovely guide.The stories were almost about HeShen this first grafter in the Qing Dynasty...
Even there were lots of tourists and guides around that you can not image but it was very nice feeling that every body concentrates on guide's introduction and follow the history and enjoy the views together.
It's a beautiful and cute and interesting palace I would say.
Prince Gong had a wonderful palace here, take an adventure and explore, you will be rewarded by taking traditional Chinese tea and snack's with a little stage show, all very pleasant!!
Prince Gong had a wonderful palace here, take an adventure and explore, don't forget to check out the cave.....may be lucky for you????