Gate of Great Harmony (Taihe Men), Beijing

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The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the second major gate in the south of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.The gate was originally built during the Ming dynasty, when it was called Fengtianmen (奉天門). Following the Manchu conquest of China, the gate was given its present Chinese and Manchu names. The gate burnt down in 1886 due to a fire started by a tipped lamp in the guard room. The present gate dates from the rebuilding after this fire, which was completed in 1894.In the Ming dynasty, the Emperor held morning court sessions at the Gate of Supreme Harmony to discuss state affairs with his ministers, although throughout most of the Ming dynasty the court sessions were purely ceremonial, a demonstration of the Emperor's diligence and the status of the titular first minister. In the Qing dynasty, when the Emperor attended court far more frequently, morning court sessions were held at the Gate of Heavenly Purity, which is much closer to the Emperor's living quarters. The Gate of Supreme Harmony was used occasionally for banquets and other ceremonies.The gate is three bays deep and seven bays wide, covering a total area of 1371.4 square metres. It is flanked by two minor gates, Zhendu Gate to the west and Zhaode Gate to the east. The gate and the Meridian Gate form the north and south boundaries of a great plaza that is divided by a serpentine waterway, the Inner River of the Golden Water, which is spanned by a set of five bridges. On the north (inner) side of the gate is Harmony Square, leading to the grand Hall of Supreme Harmony, the ceremonial centre of the Forbidden City.
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  • September 19, 2017
    It is a large Gates past deposit water bridge. Bong heavens gate said it is original. Landmarks include stairs in front of the gate, so that vs copper lion gate itself than there is impressive. You'll see stone in the middle of the stairs carved sculptures.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The whole Forbidden City complex is jaw droppingly beautiful and really has to be seen to be believed. The Gate of Great Harmony is absolutely majestic as befits it's surroundings. It is huge and orna...  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    It was yet another beautiful architecture. My guide told me that it was important to be big and colourful in China.  more »
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  • November 21, 2016
    Grand and imposing. Can go numerous times and still there are corners worth exploring.
  • January 28, 2017
    Who visit China, must stay in Beijing.. and the Beijing historical location is here.
  • February 19, 2017
    Very exciting.
  • April 19, 2017
    Amazing palace.
  • August 28, 2016
    Beautiful but alway crowded.

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