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The city that got the ultimate makeover

Beijing is not the city it once was. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends entirely on your point of view. Well over a million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for the capital’s astonishingly rapid development, but the result is a more sophisticated, more worldly and more tolerant city. Groundbreaking architecture, plush five star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants now rub shoulders with relics of the city’s past, be they street hawkers, traditional neighborhoods or UNESCO World Heritage sights.

Mansão do Príncipe Gong em Beijing - China, Mar2012Ana Paula Hirama / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gong Wang Fu

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Gong Wang Fu

Well preserved ornate historical Chinese mansions with rich heritage

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Gong Wang Fu is an ornate historical mansion built in the late 18th century. Originally constructed for Chinese minister He Shen, it was transferred to Emperor Xianfeng’s brother, Prince Gong, in the mid-18th century. This well preserved mansion complex is part of China’s rich cultural heritage.

Gong Wang Fu has recently undergone rennovation. It is now a museum spotlighting Royalty during time of the Qing dynasty. The complex includes an opera house.

Gong Wang Fu
Qian Hai West Street, Xi Cheng District, Beijing
86 10 6616 8149