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Why Prince Gong Mansion is Worth Exploring

There is truly no better way to learn more about Chinese architectural art than a visit to Prince Gong Mansion. Hailed as the essence of Qing prince mansion, Prince Gong Mansion offers a glimpse of the glorious past of the Qing Dynasty. Here are some reasons why you should put the prince mansion on your list of place to go while visiting Beijing.

Prince Gong's Mansion

Reason 1: Profound history of the Mansion
The mansion was built in the Qing Dynasty, as the private mansion of Heshen. In the early years of Tongzhi Reign, the third generation master Prince Gong Yi Xin was a very powerful politic figure in Qing Dynasty, serving a bunch of political duties, and he also carried out a series of repairs and alterations to the mansion. The construction scale and pattern we see today was formed at that time. Prince Gong Mansion is located in the south-west corner of Shichahai in Beijing, hidden in a quiet and long lane, and is the most complete preservation of the prince mansion from Qing dynasty. The mansion was formerly owned by Heshen and Yong Lin as prince mansion. Also it has been rated as the national key cultural relics protection unit. In 1851, prince Yixin became host of the mansion, hence the name of the mansion. Prince Gong Mansion came to decline after the Qing Dynasty came to an end, bearing witness to the historical and cultural information of Qing Dynasty.

Reason 2: Classic Architectural Art of the Mansion
Prince Gong Mansion consists of two parts, about 330 meters long from north to south, 180 meters wide from east to west, covering an area of about 61120 square meters, and the garden covering an area of 28860 square meters. The mansion is not only very huge, its construction was also the highest regulation at the time. The most recognizable features include its façade and number of houses. The prince mansion has five facades, seven main halls, five back halls, seven living quarters, side halls on both sides. Also houses three courtyards, serving as main tourist area for people to visit. The architecture of the mansion is strictly arranged along the axis of the mansion. The main buildings include Yinan Hall and Jiale Hall, featuring green glazed tile roof, to show the majesty of the majestic mansion, but also reflect the identity of the prince. West courtyard is small and exquisite, the main building including Baoguang Hall and Xijin Hall.

Overall, Prince Gong Mansion is well worth a visit while traveling to Beijing!