Prince Gong’s Mansion, also known as Prince Kung’s Mansion, is a museum and tourist attraction located in Xicheng District, Beijing, just north of the Shichahai Lake. It consists of large quadrangle courtyard-style mansions and gardens. Originally constructed for Heshen, an official highly favored by Emperor Qianlong, it was later renamed after Prince Gong, a Manchu prince and influential statesman of the late Qing Dynasty, who inhabited the mansion in the late 19th century. The complex covers a total area of 60,000 square meters. Just over half of the Prince Gong’s Mansion is the residential part and there is an ornamental garden to the rear. The living quarters and three sets of courtyards occupying a central, eastern and western sections. The main, central section comprises the major hall, a rear hall and an extended pavilion that has about 40 rooms.
Admission: 40 RMB
Opening hours: 8:30 - 17:00 (ticket check-in stops at 16:10) from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday except public holidays)
Address: No. 17 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
By Subway: Take Subway Line 6 to Beihai North (Exit B) and walk north along Sanzuoqiao Hutong for 5 minutes.
By Bus: Take Bus No. 3, 13, 42, 107, 111, 118, 612, 701 or Tourist Bus Line 3 to Beihai Bei Men (Beihai North Gate) Station, walk west for 2 minutes, turn north to Sanzuoqiao Hutong, and then walk north for about 5 minutes.