Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural center with many futuristic buildings and independent artists. However, some of the most surreal places to visit in China are hallmarks to emperors and dynasties of centuries past. Prince Kung’s mansion often has traditional festivals, music performances and other hallmarks of classic China on-going in its splendid brick courtyard. Seeing the main hall lit by golden lanterns is truly a sight, as well as the intricately carved stone lions, the Palace Gate, the Pavilion of Floating Wine Cups, and the Chamber of Mental Purification. The mansion overlooks a serene lake with waving bent trees, truly worthy of a prince.