Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Prince Gong's Mansion (Gong Wang Fu) 恭王府

  • Prince Gong Mansion

  • The Prince Gong Mansion is located in the western part of central Beijing, China, north of the Shichahai Lake. Wikipedia
  • The Prince Gong Mansion was constructed in 1777 during the Qing Dynasty for Heshen, a prominent court official in the reign of theQianlong Emperor.[1] From a young age, Heshen earned the favour of the Qianlong Emperor and he rose swiftly through the ranks in the imperial administration to become one of the top and wealthiest officials in Qianlong's court.

  • Address17 Qianhai W St, Xicheng, Beijing, China

  • Hours
    Open today · 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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  • Today we are going to visit Prince Gong's (恭王府)
  •  Mansion, built by a governor in China using corrupted money
  • (the Prince Gong Mansion is known as one of the most ornate and extravagant residence compounds in all of Beijing. It is now a museum.)

  • Prince Gong's Mansion
    Prince Gong's Mansion is located near Shichahai Lake, to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The private residence of He Shen, a favorite minister of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was built in 1777. In 1851, the mansion was bestowed upon Prince Gong by Emperor Xianfeng (1851-1862), hence the name. Sole prince's mansion open to the public, it is the most well preserved mansion in Beijing.
     In 1851, the Xianfeng Emperor assigned it to his brother Yixin, Prince Gong. The mansion is named after this Prince Gong.

    you have to pay to get in
    This is the palace of the Heshen, a rich and important official of Qing Dynasty. It said his wealth was even greater than the emperor. There is a two-store building with a long corridor and full of rooms, which was used to pile his treasure.Heshen  was accused of corruption and was  executed and  his property was confiscated and given to Prince Gong.(amassing private fortune existed way back then!!!hehehe)
     me and my niece on an ancient bench under a beautifully carved window, inside a room used to store Heshen's ill gotten goods, perhaps?the original owner, Heshen (1750-99), the infamously corrupt Manchu official. Thought to have been the Qianlong emperor's lover, he ruled China for his own gain when Qianlong abdicated in 1796, embezzling funds earmarked for suppressing the White Lotus rebellion. After Qianlong's death, his demise was swift. While he was mourning in the Forbidden City, officials were dispatched to this mansion. Though the extent of his graft was widely known, officials were shocked by the piles of gold and silver ingots uncovered. His remaining friends at court managed to persuade the Qianlong emperor's son to spare him from "death by a thousand cuts," but he was soon hanged. The labyrinthine combination of rockeries and pavilions here offers plenty to see, but you're seeing only half of the mansion and it's often overrun by tour groups.

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     In addition to the mansion, there is a 28,000-square-metre garden, with twenty scenic spots, pavilions, artificial hills including rock originating from the Taihu Lake in Jiangsu, and ponds.
    Uncle Y's family posing under the budding magnolia tree

     girls had to use the right leg to cross over the threshold, men, the left leg...
     One of the many gatesThis is an elaborate private residence with nice garden that was built by a corrupted official who modelled this place after the palace

    Courtyard style living in Beijing. I watched a lot of Chinese

    movies when I was young, and I am familiar with this type of

    courtyard mansion with gardens.

     Prince Gong's Mansion is one of the most exquisite and best-preserved imperial mansions in Beijing and used to house several families, and has a total area of 60,000 square metres.

     As you can see from this picture, it can house my family quite nicely, thank you!!!

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