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[Gongmen City] is another means to keep Po unsettled in his journey, due to its disorienting geography, bustling commerce, and swarming population. ... The city is full of stacked buildings, crisscrossing alleyways, and infinite doorways, ...
  The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2, p. 105  

Gongmen City is a vast, peaceful metropolis located somewhere along the southern coast of China. Once under the rule of the Peacocks, it was left under the protection of the Kung Fu Council after the banishment of the city throne's single heir, Shen. He had the city placed under strict control in Kung Fu Panda 2 with the aid of his new weapon and army, but it was later liberated by Po and his kung fu allies.[1]

Within the city lies the Peacocks' ancestral palace, a jail once used as a training school, a factory for the manufacturing of fireworks, and a harbor.


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Some designs for the city's housing

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Gongmen City is seen surrounded by a rather rocky but green nature. The city itself lies on different levels. For example, the Tower of the Sacred Flame is in a ground level but "unnamed palace" lies highest in the city.



Long ago, in ancient China, the peacocks ruled over Gongmen City. They brought great joy and prosperity to the city, for they had invented fireworks.

Shen's parents banishing him

For generations, the Peacock family ruled over Gongmen City, bringing joy and prosperity to the city's inhabitants in the form of fireworks. However, Shen, next in line to rule the city, sought to weaponize his family's invention. His troubled parents consulted the court soothsayer, who foresaw that if Shen continued his dark pursuits, he will be defeated by a "warrior of black and white". Shen overheard the prophecy and believed it referred to the pandas living in the nearby Panda Village. In an attempt to change his fate, Shen led an army of wolves to exterminate them all. When he returned home, his horrified parents stripped him of his birthright and banished him from Gongmen City, never to return. Feeling betrayed by his own family, Shen vowed that he would return to have his revenge, and that all of China would bow before him.

Sometime after Shen's banishment, his parents passed away out of grief for banishing their son. Without another heir to take the throne, stewardship of the city was passed over to the Kung Fu Council, headed by Masters Thundering Rhino, Storming Ox and Croc.

In Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen arriving at his old home

Over twenty years later, Shen returned to reclaim Gongmen City. Though the Council was confident that their kung fu was sufficient enough to defeat the arrogant peacock and his wolves, Shen unveiled a cannon, which he used to kill Thundering Rhino. He then forced Storming Ox and Croc to surrender by threatening to turn his weapon on the city. The takeover of Gongmen City was swift. Shen's wolves were given free rein to harass the innocents of the city, as well as to collect any metal needed to construct more cannons.

None too soon, word of Gongmen's fall reached the Valley of Peace. The Furious Five and Po, the Dragon Warrior, were dispatched to liberate the city and bring Shen to justice. Their initial infiltration of the city did not go to plan, as they were discovered soon after entering. They were able to evade the wolves long enough to track down Storming Ox and Croc imprisoned in Gongmen Jail, having been tipped off by a grateful sheep they had rescued from a wolf's wrath. However, Ox and Croc refused to leave their cell for fear of Shen being true to his word, and Po and the Five were forced to leave when they were rediscovered by Boss Wolf and his minions.

After an intense chase through the city, Po and the Five were eventually captured and brought into the Tower of the Sacred Flame. The skirmish that followed led to the tower's destruction. Furious that Po had escaped, Shen ordered the wolves to prepare the cannons for his upcoming conquest, and every wolf in the city was signaled to return to the fireworks factory to begin preparation.

As Po had let Shen escape from the tower due to a sudden flashback, Tigress ordered Po to remain in Gongmen Jail with Ox and Croc while the five infiltrated the factory to stop Shen and gain answers about his past. However, Po disobeyed Tigress and infiltrated the factory himself, foiling the Five's attempt to destroy the building in the process. While the warriors desperately fought off the vast number of wolves, Po battled Shen until the peacock psyched him out by lying to him that his parents abandoned him, enabling him to blast him out of the factory with his largest cannon.

As soon as Shen was sure that he had killed the Dragon Warrior, he captured the Five and assembled his army to conquer China. However, Po was revealed to have survived. The Five were freed and were joined by Storming Ox, Croc, and Shifu. The resulting battle culminated in the dissolution of Shen's army and the death of the peacock himself, thus freeing Gongmen City. The citizens of the city cheered as fireworks from Shen's flagship decorated the sky.

In The Paws of Destiny

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Po and the Four Constellations travel to Gongmen City in the episode "Gongmen City Hustle", after they are presumed dead by Empress Xiao.

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  • Gongmen is the name of a real location found in the Gansu region of China.[2]
  • The city's name roughly translates into English as "palace gate" or "palace door" city (traditional Chinese: 宮門?; simplified Chinese: 宫门; pinyin: gōngmén).
  • The city's design of a metropolis with a port had inspiration taken from popular Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong. The building designs also took inspiration from the architectural details in the ancient city of Pingyao.[3]
  • Some doorways in the city have the traditional Chinese character 運 (simplified Chinese: 运; pinyin: yùn) painted on them. Art director Tang Kheng Heng explains that "this marking is the Chinese character 'luck,' which, when displayed in front of a house, is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to those within."[4]
  • Some buildings' rooflines have carved characters perched on top of them. Heng explains that "[t]he rabbit riding on the rooster is a symbol for the ruler of the town, which means 'he or she must be good to his or her subjects[.]'"[4]