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Gong Wang Fu
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Owner description: Tea parties and musical performances are held at this grand palace, home to royalty during the Ming dynasty.
Reviewed October 6, 2011

I visited this place on Oct 6th. It was so called the best and most well preserved prince palace (also a former residence of a very famous corrupted government official during the Qing Dynasty). Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.

1. The place was clearly repainted in recent time - it looks fake.
2. All old furniture have been removed from all chambers. Instead, they installed some cheap exhibits to fill the empty rooms. The exhibition only contains pictures which one can print from the web or artworks which were clearly after the time of the Qing Dynasty. Bottom line: no authenticity.
3. Is there anything real there? No! People waited in line to see a "Fu" inscription supposedly by one of the emperors. The inscription is printed on a piece of PLASTIC inside a cave. Come on!
4. As mentioned, 50% of the rooms were filled with worthless exhibits. The other 50% were shops. Yes, no matter which direction you go, you will see a shop. This is the most commercialized place in Beijing (The Forbidden City and the Lama Temple were much better).

I am a Chinese and this place is a disgrace. I feel ashamed that those Chinese business people would turn this wonderful place into a money zombie with no soul. If you want to experience some authentic Chinese culture, get away from here. The RMB 40 price is not too much for people living in the US/Europe; but you can spend it on other worthy causes!

Avoid!

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Reviewed May 6, 2011

One of the top destination in Beijing is the Prince Gong's Palace garden in which it is the largest of the remaining mansions in Beijing.. It is the best place with your family together.. I love in going there.. As what I saw from the pictures it is nice and is interested to go with..

Thank you..

3  Thank asiateam
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Reviewed December 19, 2010

Prince Gong's mansion is a traditional courtyard mansion with two stone lions guards at the main gate. These grand, exquisite buildings are a poignant reminder of the splendour of China's imperial past. I found a pretty lady who spoke some English and she translated the notes on the pictures in the exhibition, which was interesting.

The gardens were very beautiful with rockery, artificial mountains, Pavilion and flowers.
I queued up to go to the cave, in the tunnel which has the copy of the “FU” Chinese character carved by the Emperor Kangxi's. The garden has its own theatre and lovely flowers including Chinese wisteria. There is a Tea house converted from Bat hall but it was full of tourists, so I found a bench near the pond. I enjoyed watching the birds & ducks feeding after a long walk. It was very peaceful here.

4  Thank Smeets P
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

If you have been to the gardens in Suzhou, I doubt you will find the garden here any special. The same goes for the architecture, if you have been to the Forbidden City. However, if you are looking for a nice day out, and maybe a picknick, this is not a bad choice.

2  Thank AnotherSwede
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Reviewed March 8, 2009

My husband and I didn't expect much before we went there. In the end, it's within the Hu Tong region, the crowded preserved Beijing downtown area. It closes very early, at around 4pm when we were there (Feb 2009).
But it turned out to be much better than we thought, mainly the architecture and the garden. It's also a place full of amusing history... some are made up by the tour guides.
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3  Thank Sandy_Canada
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