The morning of Sept. 11, 2010, just before we left for Beijing Capital International Airport to catch our flight to US, my husband and I squeezed in a brief visit to Gong Wang Fu. According to Wikipedia, “The Prince Gong’s Mansion (Chinese: 恭王府) or Gong Wang Fu Museum is located in the western part of central Beijing, China, north of the Shichahai Lake. Consisting of large mansions in the typical siheyuan layout and gardens, Prince Gong’s Mansion is known as one of the most ornate and extravagant residence compounds in all of Beijing.” Gong Wang Fu and its garden simply took our breath away!
Yet, of all Gong Wang Fu’s grandeur and exquisiteness, it was a little stone lion that caught my attention. I just had to aim my camera at this little “fella,” all alone on the floor, next to the tall red imposing gate. See for yourself!
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