Prince Kung's (Gong) Mansion

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Prince Kung's (Gong) Mansion

Prince Kung's (Gong) Mansion
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7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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hellard1861
County Wicklow, Ireland24 contributions
Jan 2020
Certainly worth a visit. Very close to a metro station. The lakes, gardens and ornamental rocks and boulders are quite special.
Written January 26, 2020
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TravelWithEarlyTeens
Asia1,678 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Warning ! buy your tickets inside the Mansion; locals who approach you outside the Mansion dont buy it from them;you would be ripe off and that's a guarantee! For example, trishaw vendors would persuade you to take their Trishaw which include entrance ticket to this Mansion for ¥260 dont buy it you could get the same thing and with a tour guide for half the price inside the Mansion 'ticket booth.

What I like about this place:
-Entrance ticket is cheap at ¥40
-This is a massive place so dont rush it , there are lots to see , mainly architectural and the material use to build this place ;silkwood, for example.
-garden landscape to be admired
-of course do take note on how one uses this place once upon a time .
-if you are intrigue what's theatre meant once upon a time to the Chinese then you would be able to see it from this Mansion; extra cost applies.

What dont I like about this place
-you wouldn't be able to enter the rooms to admire its furniture, layout etc. You could only look from the outside

Overall, I like this place a lot. I would certainly visit again but this time without the trishaw option.

Tips: go first thing in the morning to avoid the mass also less people more chance of you taking nice pictures without strangers in your picture.
Written December 15, 2019
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Coral
70 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Wow, this place was so busy. It was really beautiful but I felt I couldn't properly appreciate the garden with all the crowds. I did go on a weekend in the summer which is probably not the best time to visit.
Written September 5, 2019
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Jason S
Copenhagen, Denmark26 contributions
Aug 2019
Well worth a visit - the architecture and classic layout of the site is more tangible than the much larger Forbidden City - it was very very busy with families on an August Saturday... but the ticket queue went quickly.. be aware that there are almost no English signs once inside- so read up before... there are a few displays of how the interior of the buildings would have been set up which was interesting... the garden was packed with people making it hard to imagine a place of tranquility and reflection for a noble family in the heart of Beijing!! Excellent people watching- seeing families on a day out enjoying the Mansion and it’s gardens- and be aware that the gardens are predominantly carefully made stone structures and grottos ... not that much greenery... and a key attraction is a grotto with a hologram... so a bit tacky- but long queues to see it - we didn’t...
Written August 18, 2019
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Xenia Huryn
Copenhagen, Denmark42 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Personally I found this attraction extremely beautiful, especially the gardens. We didn't spend much time looking at the mansion, but we walked through the gardens, which you could tell were taken good care of.
Prince Kung's Mansion is located a little outside centrum. We walked there from The Forbidden City, but there was a subway station right next to it, so you could go there by subway as well.
The tickets (40 CNY) were easy to buy (by the entrance). The people working there spoke English, and the signs were in English as well.
Please be aware that Prince Kung's Mansion is closed on Mondays.
The mansion and the gardens are not enormous, but I recommend going there if you visit Beijing.
Written July 24, 2019
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xi ra
Ramat Hasharon, Israel536 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Its nice but not as great as expected. Kind of walked around quickly n got out. If you are around the hutongs area you should go. But it is not a must see. No reason to come especially for it. Cheap ticket so did not mind it go got boring quickly.
Written April 24, 2019
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patwong03
Forest Hills, NY52 contributions
Apr 2019
This is a prince mansion in Beijing, but it’s popular because this used to be the home of a notorious subject (lawmaker) of the Qing Imperial court - HeShen. This character has appeared in multiple Chinese television shows so most Chinese tourists from out of town come to learn about him. It’s also rumored to be the inspiration for Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese literature classic. Tranquil is not a word I would use because of the large crowds. They made this place more interesting than it really is with HeShen’s character. 90% of the Chinese tour content centers around him. You must get the audio guide because all the exhibits are in Chinese. Also difficult to get to because it’s hidden in the Hutong area - lots of twists and turns and if you don’t have a map, you can easily get lost. Also lots of rickshaws waiting on the Main Street to take tourists there - I wouldn’t recommend them because you’ll either A) get ripped off, B) they’ll take you somewhere else and ask for additional money or they’ll leave you there. All in all, worth seeing but probably worth more to Chinese people who are fans of the television shows and literary classic.
Written April 17, 2019
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Phyllis P
Singapore, null, Singapore239 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's the very first site we visited during our trip and it left quite an impression. Very spacious compound. The gardens are very nice and tranquil. The place stil very well maintained.

Be sure to go have a speedy look at the famed 福 inscribed in stone ...and swipe for good luck ;)
Written April 14, 2019
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Eudaimonia25
Philadelphia, PA21 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I'm surprised by the relative lack of attention this place receives on Tripadvisor, as well as the lukewarm reviews (though I grant accessibility is an issue). Prince Kung's Mansion certainly doesn't escape the attention of Chinese tourists, and for good reason! This place is a perfect opportunity to see both Qing-era wooden architecture as well as experience a traditional Chinese garden with beautiful rock scultures, making it a really efficient site option for the inquisitive foreign tourist. An excellent and detailed audio guide, available in English and several other languages, automatically activates when you approach different locations and does an excellent job of explaining the history of the Mansion. Lastly, Qianhaixi Street towards Qianhai/Houhai (turn left and walk when you exit the Mansion) makes for a nice stroll; you can grab a sanlunche/huangbaoche ride or tour here also, though be sure to haggle price. Overall, I would place this in the top tier of Beijing tourist spots; do not miss!
Written July 24, 2018
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Hanlie W
Marrakech, Morocco154 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
My friend and I went for a visit, and we were hugely disappointed. There was no handicap friendly walk ways. There is no crowd control and up to 5,000 people ascended on the place at once, you could not see any of the promised Gardens but just a sea of people constantly coming in. None of the exhibitions which showed such promise had any English explanations. So sad as I really expected more
Written June 11, 2018
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