On May 18th the Triangle Square near the Catherine Palace saw the opening of a photo exhibition Gardens of Light: Prince Kung’s Palace in Beijing, showcasing the exquisite beauty of the palace of a Chinese imperial prince (click pictures at left and below to enlarge them).
Co-organized by Tsarskoye Selo and Prince Kung’s Palace Museum (Ministry of Culture, P.R. China), the open-air exhibition presents over thirty photographs of the garden, pavilions and interiors of the eighteenth-century mansion, which is located in the scenic Shichahai area northwest of the Forbidden City. Prince Kung Yixin (1833–98), the sixth son of Emperor Daoguang of Qing Dynasty, and his descendants lived there between 1852 and 1937.
Like our annual Winter Evening of Light, the event is part of an international project named Gardens of Light, which brings together some of the world’s most spectacular historic gardens and museums. Besides Tsarskoye Selo, the other participants are the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, Prince Pückler Park in Bad Muskau (Germany), Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing (China), Château de Lunéville in France and Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.