China Beijing Attractions
Prince Gong's Mansion
No. 14 LiuYin Street
West District, near Shichahai
Built in 1777, Prince Gong's Mansion was once home to He Shen,
a favorite minister of emperor
Qianlong during the Qing Dynasty. It was later granted to Prince
Gong by Emperor Xianfeng. Today, Prince Gong's Mansion is home
to the Beijing Opera.
Prince Gong's Mansion has three scenic spots: the Western
the Chinese Garden (containing a stone tablet inscribed with the
Chinese character "Fu," meaning blessing
and happiness), and the Grand Opera Theater — where
many Heads of States, envoys and
Beijing Opera started around the beginning of the 19th century.
It is very distinctive, combining songs, dialogue, mime, dance
and acrobatics with colorful costumes and elaborate make-up.
Treat your Group to a performance of Beijing Opera.
The Opera Theater at Prince Gong's Mansion can hold up to
200 people. Tea is served during
this unique form of Chinese entertainment might not be your "cup
of tea," it's worth seeing at least once.
Performances here run for approximately
1 1/4 hours — though traditional Chinese Operas (not catering
to tourists) can last up to three hours.
Prior to attending a show, ask about dress
— some performances are more casual than others. Also note
that seating is on rosewood chairs which can be a little
uncomfortable. And depending on where you're sitting,
views of the stage might be somewhat obstructed by the room's columns.
Arrange for your Tour Guide or Hotel Concierge to contact
Prince Gong's Mansion for more information on opera performances
and to make reservations.
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