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Prince Gong's Mansion

Prince Gong's Mansion, also known as Gong Wang Fu, is located to the northwest of the Forbidden City close to Shichahai Lake in the central part of Beijing. It is one of the most ornate and extravagant residence prince's residence compounds of all in Beijing, definitely a popular place of interest to travel or visit. Originally built in 1777, Prince Gong's Mansion was once the residence of Heshen, the favorite minister of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. He gained large promotion in the imperial court at a young age, but was executed because of accusations of corruption after Qianlong died and the mansion was confiscated the next day.
The Prince Gong's Mansion was then given to the successive emperor's brother, then was disignated to Prince Gong by Emperor Xianfeng in 1851, hence the current name. The mansion consists of two sections: the residence area in the south and the garden area in the north. It is 330 meters long south-north and 180 meters wide east-west, nearly covering an area of 61120 square meters, with the residence 32260 square meters and the garden 28860 square meters. The residence area consists of the central route, east and west routes, each of them is built with traditional multi-entry courtyard along the south-north axis. Opening hours: 08:30-17:00  Contact number: +86 10 83288149   Tickets: CNY30; CNY70 including the Grand Theater House

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