On 5 December 2014, ASEAN-China Centre Centre (ACC) organized a cultural tour to Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing for 40 ASEAN lady diplomats and wives of diplomats. Prince Kung’s Mansion is the major national cultural heritage and the largest and best-preserved imperial residence in China. H.E. Ms. Magdalene Teo, Ambassador of Brunei, Madame of Indonesian Ambassador and Madame of Malaysian Ambassador to China also attended the tour.
Mr. Chen Xiaowen, Deputy Director of Prince Kung’s Mansion Administration Centre met with the group and gave an introduction of the Mansion. During the visit, the management of the Mansion also arranged cultural performances comprising acrobatics, magics and face-changing to the delegation. The unique imperial culture and wonderful performances left deep impression to the delegation. The visitors highly commented this meaningful cultural tour. H.E. Ms. Magdalene Teo, on behalf of the delegation, thanked ACC and Prince Kung’s Mansion Administration Centre for offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the Chinese imperial and traditional culture and expressed the readiness to work with ACC in further promoting ASEAN-China cultural exchanges. The ASEAN diplomats said that, as an activity in the 2014 ASEAN-China Cultural Exchange Year, this event could help them better understand China’s culture and history.
Prince Kung’s Mansion is the largest and best-preserved Qing Dynasty princely mansion, illustrating the life style of imperial elite in the old days. People say that the mansion can well present half of the Qing Dynasty history.