JINGJIANG PRINCES’ PALACE
Jingjiang Princes’ Palace, Guilin’s Forbidden City
The Jingjiang Princes' Palace (also known as the Jingjiang Princes' City) is located in the inner city of Guilin, close to the Solitary Beauty Peak and was built between during the Ming dynasty. It was originally the official residence of Zhu Shouqian (dubbed Jingjiang Prince) - the great-nephew of Zhu Yuanzhang, Ming’s first emperor). As the oldest and best-preserved Ming’s prince mansion, it is even older than the Forbidden City in Beijing.
For over two and a half centuries, the mansion was home to 14 Ming princes. Later it became the base of Sun Yat-sen, the well-known revolutionary who shaped modern China by helping to overthrow the Qing Dynasty.
Today the site is occupied by Guangxi Normal University, but remains open to the public as popular tourist attraction combining aspects of Guilin's natural beauty, history, traditional architecture and local culture.