Prince Gong's Residence
- 14 Liuyin Jie
- 010 6616 8149
- 010 6601 6132
- admission Y40, guided tours incl tea & performance Y60
- 7.30am-4.30pm summer, 8am-4pm winter
Lonely Planet review for Prince Gong's Residence
Reputed to be the model for the mansion in Cao Xueqin's 18th-century classic Dream of the Red Mansions, this residence is one of Běijīng's largest private residential compounds. If you can, get here ahead of the tour buses and admire the rockeries, plants, pools, pavilions, corridors and elaborately carved gateways. Arrive with the crowds and you won't want to stay. Performances of Běijīng opera are held regularly in the Qing-dynasty Grand Opera House in the east of the grounds.