Chamber of Mental Purification

Chamber of Mental Purification

 

 

Chamber of Mental Purification is a set of constructions facing a pond. In 2001, the Catholic Church Commission returned it to Prince Kung’s Palace Museum. The main hall is five-bay long and has a Yingshan-style continuous joined roof, and front and back corridors. Its front and back eaves are decorated with Suzhou-style decorative painting. The plaque “Cheng Huai Xie Xiu” (Chamber of Mental Purification, meaning “purifying one’s mind and absorbing the best of the universe”), inscribed by Aisin Gioro Yuzhan, descendent of Prince Kung, hangs on the front eave of the main hall’s outer room. In front of the Chamber planted several cherry-apple trees. When the begonias blossomed in late spring, Prince Kung would take the whole family to appreciate the begonias here. Therefore, the building is also called “Begonia Pavilion”. Flowering begonias in the Mansion were quite famous in Beijing. As Prince Kung’s Mansion was called the West Mansion comparing to the East Mansion dwelled by Mongolian Prince Alashan, the begonias were also known as “West Mansion’s flowering begonias”.

 

To the south of the Chamber is the Square Pond and Pavilion which is the main scenery of the Garden’s west part. Walking south along the Pond’s west bank, you will see the Reflection of Stone Pillars.

 

 

Chamber of Mental Purification

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