Photographer's Note

The Gong Wang Fu, the palace of Prince Gong, is a charming place to visit in Beijing, close to the traditional Huttong area. It is very typical of a chinese lord's mansion, and of the transcription of the status of the owner in the arcitecture. It is the largest courtyard house in the world and offers very nice promenades through gardens, ponds and nice buildings.
It was originally built by Yiyi, one of the highest-ranking nobles of the Qing Dynasty. Its later owner, HeShen developed it in a prestigious way, that did not please the emperor Xianfeng. He was therefore ordered to kill himself, and the house was bequeathed to Prince Gong. In fact, a very similar history to that of Fouquet, who was a french finance minister of Louis XIV, and who spent too much money for his castle in Vaux le Vicomte in France.

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Additional Photos by Yannick LEPRETE (yannick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 18 N: 156] (1471)
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