Gong Wang Fu
Gong Wang Fu
4.5
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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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Tea parties and musical performances are held at this grand palace, home to royalty during the Ming dynasty.
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Jiajiajqq
Paris, France6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
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 is respected as The Gong Wang, the foreign minister in the reform of learning from the West (yang wu yun dong).
The palace itself is amazing. In addition to sophisticated buildings, there are many beautiful gardens and there is a big lake in the middle of the palace. And there is a small museum explaining the evolution of the palace. Walking in the garden, you can imagine the life in ancient China, and I can't help wondering that if there hadn't been such great corruption, there wouldn't be such great heritage left to the people nowadays.
Written 13 August 2014
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Smeets P
London, UK9,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written 19 December 2010
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auntiedoris
Ipoh, Malaysia321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
The place was very crowded due to the popularity of Heshen. The original owner of this residence is regarded as the most corrupted official in Chinese history. Very beautiful garden and got to visit the ''Fu'' written by Kangxi. A enjoyable attraction except for the crowd.
Written 26 October 2015
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midnight_warrior
Cronulla, Australia65 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 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!
Written 6 October 2011
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cyinmin
Beijing73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
I finally made a trip to this place despite living in Beijing for the past 8 years. What a waste of time (and RMB40) to spend the afternoon amongst hordes of local tourists rustling from one corner to another corner of the mansion. The buildings have been recently repainted, and the awful smell still lingers.

There are minimum artifacts left within the buildings, each hall/room/pavillion is either left empty or furnished with just a few pieces of furnitures. English description of each hall/room/pavillion is written in one sentence, with no further explanation of the history/culture behind it.
Most of the rooms displays calligraphy works from someone from the 1940s, and those have no relation to the former function of room that houses the exhibits.
I reckon if you visit without a tour guide, you'll be bored and probably just people watch. If you're visiting with a local tour guide, I'm sure they'll fill you in with some fables..
Written 12 August 2013
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Geordiegirl_8
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK287 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
It's hard to describe how awful this is, but it's very popular with hordes of Chines tourist parties. It's totally artificial - a lot of the buildings are obviously less than ten years old. Most buildings had been repainted recently. The 'exhibits' bore no relationbship to the building or history. We were beside the 'bat shaped' tea house and the pillars were covered in 'fablon' type plastic covering to make them look older and the ceiling had a similar covering with creepers on it. Full of tourist tat. Truly horrible. Save yourself money and time and don't go
Written 30 May 2013
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sarahlee86
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
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 gardens in Beijing. Save the 40rmb and an hour or so to stroll by the lakes instead.
Written 17 November 2013
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
This place isn't a must see but for it seems to be making it on most every tour guides list.

Here is the reason why:

There was a television series that came out in the 90s about the Official who lived in Gong wang Fu.

The official was like best buds with the emperor and it was said he was richer than the emperor himself.

The television series was quite popular during that period of time which caused a lot of mainland tourist to start flocking there.

Anyways, this place is quite expensive to get in and it's not a must on your travel itinerary in Beijing.

The building and architecture is something you already see if you go to the forbidden city.

Summary-
Has a nice garden in the back definitely a nice place to relax if it isn't crowded...which is like never.
Has a nice theater house where you can watch opera...would recommend watching it there though there are better places to watch opera.
Bathrooms-squatters
Expensive to get in! not worth the price of admission.
Written 7 September 2013
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asiateam
Palembang1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 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..
Written 6 May 2011
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Sandy_Canada
Toronto, Canada11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Written 8 March 2009
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