Gongmen City (宫门城? in simplified Chinese) 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, Lord Shen. The ambitious peacock placed the city under strict imprisonment in Kung Fu Panda 2 with the aid of his new weapon and army, but was liberated by Po and the Furious Five with the aid of Masters Croc, Storming Ox, and Shifu.
For ages beyond counting, the Peacock family ruled over Gongmen City. They brought joy and prosperity in the form of fireworks. However, Lord 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, believing it referred to the pandas living in the Panda Village and led a raid to exterminate them all. When he returned home, his horrified parents banished him from Gongmen City, never to return. But Shen vowed to return and reclaim what is rightfully his.
Thirty 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 that killed 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 collect any metal 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. But their initial infiltration of the city did not go so smoothly, 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, 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 was able 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 survived and works to free the Five, before battle is 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 decorate the sky.
Design and ArchitectureEdit
- Gongmen is the name of a real location found in the Gansu region of China.
- The city's name roughly translates into English as "palace gate" or "palace door" city (simplified Chinese: 宫门; traditional Chinese: 宮門; 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.
- 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."
- 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[.]'"