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Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian), Beijing
(4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Feel the grandeur of Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian), the largest hall and most dignified building within the Forbidden City. Standing 27 m (90 ft) tall, 64 m (210 ft) wide, and 37 m (120 ft) long, the sheer size of the imperial palace's central hall inspires awe. Elevated on a three-tiered terrace under a double-eaved, hip-and-gable roof, this monumental timber structure dates from the early 15th century and stands flanked by marble balustrades and bronze lions. Climb the stone steps leading into the hall, following a long carved frieze of dragons, to reenact ancient imperial ceremonies of the 24 Chinese emperors who reigned from this city. Hire a guide to get all the details, and make sure you bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking. Use our Beijing travel itinerary planner to visit Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian) on your trip to Beijing, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • My advice and that of my guide was GO EARLY and avoid some of the mass of humanity as well as GET A GUIDE who knows the history so you can take in the vastness and beauty of the structure. Great spot ...  more »
  • The current limit on visitors to this attraction is 88,000. Go early in the morning. Discover the Clock Museum. Walk the right hand way. Entry only from Tianimen Square. 
  • The Hall of Great Harmony was a really good place to visit. Located in the Forbidden City which in itself is a terrific place to see. 
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  • Imagining standing in front of the emperors who reigned here over the years...an impressive grand building.
  • Went on a day where it wasn't too busy which improved the experience no doubt. The building is very impressive.
  • It gives an amazing aura.
  • Very cool place and worth a visit.
  • Its the best place i wish to visit one day