1)Take Subway Line 4 to Ping'anli then walk 1.2km eastwards from Exit C along Dianmen Xi Dajie to find Lianhua Market on the north side of the road. The mansion is in depth of hutongs behind Hehua Market.
2)Take bus 612, 90, 701, 118, 204, 623, 42, 107, 13, 111, 609 and get off at Beihai Bei Men (Beihai North Gate) Station and hire a rickshaw to it (or walk 15-20 minutes through hutongs).
Prince Gong's Mansion is one of the main Beijing tourist attractions,if you want a complete sightseeing in Beijing ,include it in your Beijing package tour.
It is Beijing's largest and the best preserved Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) princely mansion and is located at Qianhai Xijie to the north of Shichahai. This fine example of ancient Chinese architecture with its cultural connotations is important not only for its aesthetic value but as an asset to those who wish to study the lifestyle of the privileged classes in the feudal society of a bygone era; it also has an interesting history.
The mansion was constructed around the year 1777 and was originally the private residence of Heshen. A member of the imperial guard, the handsome and intelligent twenty-five year old Heshen came to the attention of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796). Before long Heshen was promoted to positions normally occupied by the most experienced officials, including those controlling finance and the appointment of civil servants; thus enabling him to acquire great wealth. The aging Qinglong did nothing to curb Heshen's corruption but his successor, Emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820), had Heshen executed and his property, which was assessed at over 800 million ounces of silver, was confiscated. The mansion was passed to Prince Qing in 1799. 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 park in Prince Gong's Mansion is a unique park. It is also known as Cuijin Park, which is located in No.14 Liuyin Street. The park has a history of around 400 years and covers an area of 28,000 square meters. There are 31 ancient buildings. Reportedly, there was a park which was built in the Ming Dynasty. Prince Gong invited hundreds of skillful craftsmen to build this park into a park with combination of South China classic gardens and North China construction layout. After the construction, Prince Gong's Mansion used to be the king of those mansions at that time. It can be said that Prince Gong's Mansion has collected all the essences of those existing mansions in Beijing. People always say that it is the "Pearl in the Shicha Sea". Some people even believe that it is the model of the Daguan Park referred in the book "A Dream of Red Mansion"
There are various cultural exhibitions held in Prince Gong's Mansion, such as painting exhibition, furniture and porcelain exhibitions.
Furniture of Ming and Qing Dynasty exhibition in Xijinzhai: Xijinzhai is located at the backyard of the mansion which is one of those featured halls. It used to be the place where Prince Yixin read books, collected antiques and avoided summer heat. The main exhibitions are partition walls and furniture made in the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Mansion Cultural Exhibition in Yin'an Hall: As the important component of royal culture, the mansion culture provides a platform for the communication of royal culture and folk culture. Prince Gong's Mansion is the best preserved mansion built in Qing Dynasty. Therefore, it plays an important role in mansion cultural research. The exhibition collects some antiques and profiles preserved in the Palace Museum, the National Museum, and Beijing Art Museum.If you are attracted by it ,make a visit to it during your Beijing tour.
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to visit the Prince Gong's Mansion. The mansion is full of green trees and pavilions, which can be vaguely seen in this distance.
Tourist Line One: Gate -> Houzhao Building -> King Dragon Temple -> Xiyang Gate -> Dule Peak -> Bat Tool -> An'shan Hall -> Liubei Pavilion -> Chuihua Gate -> Exhibition Hall -> Grand Opera Tower -> Lvtianxiaoyin -> Fuzi Tablet -> Chenghuaijiexiu -> Qiushuishan Room -> Yu Gate -> Exit .
Tourist Line Two: Gate -> Houzhao Building -> Xiyang Gate -> Dule Peak -> An'shan Hall -> Liubei Pavilion -> Chuihua Gate -> Bamboo Yard -> Exhibition Hall -> Tree Penoy Yard -> Grand Opera Tower -> Bat Hall -> Yaoyue Stage -> Dicuiyan -> Miyun Cave -> Chenghuiajiexu -> Central Lake Pavilion -> Miaoxiang Pavilion -> Yu Gate -> King Dragon Temple -> Exit.
Tourist Line Three: Gate -> Houzhao Building -> Xiyang Gate -> Dule Peak -> Bat Tool -> An'shan Hall -> Fuzi Tablet -> Lvtianxiaoyin -> Bat Hall -> Grand Opera Tower -> Lotus Yard -> Exhibition Hall -> Chuihua Gate -> Yishu Park -> Liubei Pavilion -> Miaoxiang Pavilion -> Yu Gate -> Duque Bridge -> Chenghuaijiexiu -> Central Lake Pavilion -> Exit.
It is reported that it will be open to the public as an all-round museum designed to exhibit the royal mansion life in the Qing Dynasty.
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