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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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TripAdvisor
  • The hall is beautiful with lots of great history. We feel we would have missed most of this attraction if we didn't receive the history that goes along with it. 
  • a great building but it is difficult to get to see inside due to the limited number of viewing entrances and these are often 3 or 4 deep with people trying to see in 
  • Perhaps the most photographed of successive pavilions of the forbidden city, of which distinguishes itself for its even greater grandeur. Some early interesting plans, as the metal containers stored water against fire and the delicate details of the paintings in the structural beams.
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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