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.
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