Bat Pond

Bat Pond

 

 

The Bat Pond is so named because it is shaped like a bat. In Chinese, “bat” (Fu) sounds the same with “good fortune” (Fu), so the pond has an implication of praying for blessings. Elm trees are planted around the pond. Every late spring, the elm seeds (in Chinese called “Yuqian”, and “qian” meaning money) which look like copper coins, fall into the Bat Pond. Therefore, it implies that both “good fortunes” (Bat) and “money” (elm seeds) bless the owner.

 

In the Qing dynasty, the Emperor’s approval was required if you want to lead in running water to your private house in Beijing, and Prince Kung’s Mansion is one of the several princely mansions having this honor. The Bat Pond, built with blue stones and shaped like a bat, was formerly named “Bat River”. As it looks like a shoe-shaped ingot, it is also known as “Ingot Pond”.

 

 

Bat Pond

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