Mansion of the Prince of Gong
Mansion of the Prince of Gong is situated at Liuying Street in Shishahai, a famed scenic zone of Beijing. As the best preserved of all Qing dynasty princely mansions, it consists of two parts: the former residence of the prince in the front, and a finely built garden in the rear. The mansion is situated to the northwest of the Former Imperial Palace and not far from the Beihai Park.
Master of the Mansion
In its early days this was the private mansion of He Sheng, a grand secretary during the Qianlong Reign of the Qing Dynasty. It was built during the 1776-1786 period, or between the 41st and 51 st year of the Qianlong Reign. In the intervening years the mansion has changed hands on several occasions. In 1851, Emperor Xianfeng bestowed it on his brother Yi Xin, the Prince of Gong. Since then it has been known us the Mansion of the Prince of Gong.
After he had settled down in the mansion Yi Xin had a garden constructed behind the mansion. Because the prince was a top aristocrat, his mansion and garden were extremely luxurious. In so far as horticultural style is concerned, it has already the salient features of an imperial garden.
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