Prince Kung’s Mansion
Address: 17 West Qianhai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
8:00 - 18:30 (no entry after 17:00 ) (April 1-October 31)
9:00 - 18:00 (no entry after 16:00) (November 1- Mar 31)
Closed Mondays (except for national holidays)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
General admission: 40 yuan
First built during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Prince Kung’s Mansion lies deep in the shade of willows alongside Shichahai Lake in Beijing. The mansion, covering more than 60,000 square meters, is endowed with elegant ancient buildings, beautiful gardens and rich culture.
Prince Kung’s Mansion as a museum and tourist destination was designated as one of the foremost protected cultural heritage sites in 1982, and a National 5A Tourist Attraction in 2012.
The Prince Kung’s Mansion has more than 200 years of history, having survived seven imperial reigns of the Qing Dynasty. There is a saying “you can see the history of half of the Qing dynasty at the Prince Kung’s Mansion”
It was the residence of several Qing dynasty aristocrats and imperial kinsmen, including the very first resident Heshen (1750-1799), the powerful yet controversial political heavy, Yongling, the younger brother of the Jiaqing Emperor (r. 1796-1820) , and Yixin or Prince Gong (the mansion is named after him), the younger brother of the Xianfeng Emperor (r. 1851-1861).
Prince Kung’s Mansion follows the traditional architectural layout of a residential area in the front and gardens in the back. The two parts are of similar size. Among all the buildings, the two-story Rear Screen Hall, the Western-style Gate, the Grand Theatre Tower, and the Stele of Fu (the Chinese character for "blessings") are fondly dubbed “three masterpieces and one treasure” of the mansion.
Permanent exhibitions include the culture of princely residences throughout the Qing Dynasty, history of the Prince Kung's Mansion, history of the mansion museum, relationship between Prince Kung's Mansion and the Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng), and religious practices of Prince Gong at the mansion.
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