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!
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