Are you craving some shade to get away from the scorching summer sun? Today, we take you to Shichahai in Beijing, where a cold brew and cool breeze can help you cope with the summer heat.
Prince Gong's Mansion
Prince Gong's Mansion is Beijing's largest and best preserved Qing Dynasty mansion. Constructed in 1777, the mansion was the former residence of He Shen, a high official of the Qing Court. Located at the southwest corner of Shichahai area, Prince Gong's Mansion was listed as a national protection site in 1982. The complex covers a total of 60,000 square meters. Over half of the area was devoted to an opulent garden.
The main and central sections comprise a grand hall to entertain guests. A theatre stands to the east and a pavilion to the west.
The mansion is a fine example of ancient Chinese architecture. This mansion is an asset for those who wish to experience elite lifestyles of the Qing dynasty.