February 19th, 2009 – by: shirleysim
In the garden, behind Alex is one of the pavilion for rest.
A little history background about Prince Gong's Mansion - The mansion was constructed around 1777 and was originally the private residence of Heshen, a favourite of Emperor Qianlong and notoriously corrupt. 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 in 1799 and the mansion was passed to Prince Qing. Eventually Emperor Xianfeng (1851-1862) transferred the ownership to Prince Gong and it is his name that was to become that of the mansion.
The residence was built on principles of Feng Shui or geomantic quality.
The whole area of the mansion covers 60,000 square meters with a garden at the back of the resident area which alone covered 28,000 square meters! The residence is beautiful with green glazed tiles on the roofs of the houses representing the owner’s status / grade second only to imperial palace. I love the gardens because of its layout and design, surrounded by artificial mountains with scenic spots like mountain peaks, ponds, caves and pavilions. Like Forbidden City, some of the building is closed with protected antiques in it and is not open to public.
Green glazed tiles on rooftops representing owner's status.
Address: A14, Liuyin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Bus route: 13, 42, 107, 111, 118, 204, 701, 810, 850, 823 (drop-off at Bei Hai Bei Men)
If you are in a group of 2-3 or more, take a cab as the nearest subway stop is a fairly long walk. The closest station to the Back Lakes area is Jishuitan Station. From there you can stroll your way over. The surrounding parks and lakes are beautiful.
Open: 8:30 am - 5 pm.
Admission: 30 yuan. Package tickets, which include Chinese tea service and Peking Opera performances, cost 70 yuan including guide (not a traditional opera venue, this opera is for tourists, several performances daily until 4.30pm)
Tel: 010 6618 0573