Prince Gong’s Mansion (Gong Wang Fu) in Beijing

Why is Prince Gong’s Mansion so Special?

Prince Gong’s palace went through the historical process of the Qing Dynasty from its heyday to its decline, carrying extremely rich historical and cultural information. Therefore, there is the saying “a Prince Gong’s palace, half of the history of the Qing Dynasty”. Under Zhou Enlai’s concern, Prince Gong’s palace vacated and completed its renovation work in 28 years, making it the only Qing Dynasty Mansion in China open to the public at that time.

History of Prince Gong’s Mansion

Prince Gong’s Mansion was built during the reign of Emperor Ganlong of the Qing Dynasty and was initially a private residence of He Shen. Prince Gong’s Mansion was opened to the public in 1988 and was fully opened to the public in 2008 after completion of the renovation of the mansion.

Architectural features of Prince Gong’s Mansion

  • First, the highest specifications can be compared with palace buildings
  • Second, the number is large, in various forms
  • Three, flexible demarcation, rich room
  • Four, fine workmanship, superb skills


There are various cultural exhibitions held in Prince Gong’s Mansion, such as painting exhibition, furniture and porcelain exhibitions.

Furniture of Ming and Qing Dynasty exhibition in Xijinzhai: Xijinzhai is located at the backyard of the mansion which is one of those featured halls. I t used to be the place where Prince Yixin read books, collected antiques and avoided summer heat. The main exhibitions are partition walls and furniture made in the Ming and Qing Dynasty.

How to Get There

  • Bus: take bus 13, 107, 111, 118, 204, 609, 612, 623 and get off at Dongguanfang station.
  • Take 13, 42, 90, 107, 111, 118, 204, 609, 612, 623, 701 at Beihai North Gate Station.
  • Subway: Take Line 6 to Beihai North Station.

Nearby attractions

  • Beihai Park: Beihai Park, located in the center of Beijing City, is the oldest, best preserved and most profound classical royal garden in China’s existing history.
  • Shichahai: There are many palaces and gardens around Shichahai, hutongs and quadrangles that make up the customs and culture of old Beijing and the history of old Beijing.