Surrounded by the Guangxi Normal University, JingjiangMansion is situated at the foot of “DuxiuFeng” (a mountain peak lays in the center of Guilin). Because it served as a residence to the Emperor Zhu Youlang when he fled from his capital, the mansion was also called “Imperial City”.  In 1370, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang appointed his grandnephew Zhu Shouqian as Jingjiang King in order to defend Guilin.  In 1372, Zhu Shouqian started the construction of his mansion.  It was built according to the standards of a seignior’s mansion and both the exterior and the interior was luxurious.  The vast construction included the Chengyun Gate, Chambers, the ZuozongTemple, the Right Club Forum; a lot of pavilions and study rooms as well as the Imperial Garden, with a picturesque bridge connecting the grounds with a pavilion. The four doors “Tiren”,”Duanli”, “Zunyi” and”Guangzhi” were installed on each side of the mansion. The distance from “Duanren” (south door) to “Guangzhi” (north door) was 556.6m; between the east door and west door there was 335.5 m.  The 7.92 high and 5.5 thick walls were made of ashlar on the outside and lime slurry on the inside. As the oldest royal family in Ming dynasty, 11 generations of this clan lived there; 13 of them once inherited their ancestors’ thrones. However, Dingnan King Kong Youde from Qing dynasty occupied the mansion and changed its named to “Dingnan Mansion”.  After the peasant army leaded by Li Dingguo stormed Guilin, Kong Youde burnt the 250—year old mansion as an act of suicide.  Jingjiang Mansion was refurbished step by step over centuries. At present, Chengyun Gate, Chengyun palace, fences and “Yunjie Yuti” are open to the visitors.

Jingjiang Mansion Attractions

Royal Residence

Jingjiang Mansion Story

Jingjiang Mansion 

In Zhizheng period, peasant Zhu Yuanzhang overthrew Yuan dynasty through peasant revolt and began Ming dynasty.  In Hongwu period, to consolidate the Current political situation, he appointed ten kings to defend different places.  One of them was his grandnephew Zhu Shouqian.  In ancient China, people believed in fortune-telling and paid special attention to the location of their houses and tombs.  The emperor ordered several ministers to find a lucky place for his grandnephew.  According to their reconnaissance, Zhu Shouqian was finally sent to Guilin on mission.  The Jingjiang Mansion, located in the south mouth of Duxiu Peak, served as his residence.  It took the workers more than 20 years to finish the mansion.

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