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Gong Wang Fu

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Address: No.17 Qianhaixi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Phone Number: 010-83288149
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Description: Tea parties and musical performances are held at this grand palace, home...
Tea parties and musical performances are held at this grand palace, home to royalty during the Ming dynasty.
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Cool Place, But UNBELIEVABLY crowded

I went here for a casual day visit and was confronted by the most crowded tourist attraction from my whole time in China, which is saying a lot. The garden was gorgeous, but be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Fresno, California

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I went here for a casual day visit and was confronted by the most crowded tourist attraction from my whole time in China, which is saying a lot. The garden was gorgeous, but be prepared to deal with literal hordes of Chinese tourists.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I visited on Sunday so was extremely crowded. China redefines what crowded means and it was the case here. The mansion buildings are interesting but similar to temple design. If you have been to forbidden city and many temples around Beijing, there will be not much new. My favorite part was visiting the garden which had a lake, pavilions, covered... More 

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Chelsea, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is off the main streets I thought I was lost at least once but, as you get closer to the site the cars are parked in crazy (by Western standards) ways and the road starts to turn you are near keep going. There is a fee once inside there are ponds, temples, pagodas, and gardens this a very... More 

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Tainan, Taiwan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The scams could happen from the tri-motorcycle drivers. You think it interesting to take this kind of transportation, however, they think you a rich guy which they can get some more easy money: they bring you to a "guided tour" company, you pay RMB 70 for the RMB 40 plus their "guide service"

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Taipei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

By the name you will see it's as just a mansion belongs to a prince, but it had a even long history. The mansion once belonged to a chancellor of emperor Ch'ien-lung of the Qing dynasty named Hexen, he collected too many treasure because of the emperor's trust. After the emperor Ch'ien-lung's death, his son claim all his treasure as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Beautiful mansion and spectacular garden - pretty well preserved/restored. This was built by an influential (and corrupt) official in the Qianlong era, later home to Emperor Xianfeng's brother - Prince Gong. Walking around the estate, you can quite easily imagine living here as compared to the Forbidden City (visit that first). Worthwhile to come here just for this experience. Quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It is certainly one of the must-sees in Beijing. Gong wang fu is the former residence of He Shen, a powerful minister in Qing dynasty, who took bribes and built this palace. After he had been executed, it was confiscated by the government and several princes lived there one after another. The most famous one is called Yi Xin, who... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

If the history of the late Qing dynasty and Prince Gong's part in the politics of that time is of interest, then seeing his restored mansion is a must. If you expect to see snippets of Peking Opera with singing, skip it. Aside from a short magic act and a balancing act for 70 yuan, this attraction is nothing to... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

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-stores building with a long corridor and full of rooms, which was used to pile his treasures. The palace was well designed with a little pond and rockeries, nice place to walk... More 

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

If you have seen a bit of Beijing already, then please skip this site. I would recommend this only for those with some interest and knowledge of the later Qing dynasty. The palace section is not as interesting as the living quarters of the Forbidden City and the gardens are not as beautiful as some of the other parks and... More 

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