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Hall of Middle Harmony (Zhonghe Dian), Beijing

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3.8/5 based on 20 reviews on the web
The Hall of Supreme Harmony is the largest hall within the Forbidden City. It is located at its central axis, behind the Gate of Supreme Harmony. Built above three levels of marble stone base, and surrounded by bronze incense burners, the Hall of Supreme Harmony is one of the largest wooden structures within China. It was the location where Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty Emperors hosted their enthronement and wedding ceremonies. The name of the Hall was changed from Feng Tian Dian (奉天殿) to the current one by the Shunzhi Emperor of Qing Dynasty.Together with the Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, the three halls constitute the heart of the Outer Court of the Forbidden City.The Hall of Supreme Harmony rises some 30 meters above the level of the surrounding square. It is the ceremonial center of imperial power, and the largest surviving wooden structure in China. It is nine bays wide and five bays deep, the numbers nine and five being symbolically connected to the majesty of the Emperor. The six pillars nearest the imperial throne are covered with gold, and the entire area is decorated with a dragon motif. The imperial Dragon Throne, in particular, has five dragons coiled around the back and handrests. The screen behind it features sets of nine dragons, again reflecting the "nine-five" symbolism.Set into the ceiling directly above the throne is an intricate caisson decorated with a coiled dragon, from the mouth of which issues a chandelier-like set of metal balls. Called the "Xuanyuan Mirror", this object harkens back to Xuanyuan, the Yellow Emperor, the legendary first ruler of China. In the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor held court here to discuss affairs of state. During the Qing Dynasty, Emperors held court far more frequently. As a result, the location was changed to the Inner Court, and the Hall of Supreme Harmony was only used for ceremonial purposes, such as coronations, investitures, and imperial weddings. According to legend, the Pearl will drop down and strike any invaders of China dead.
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  • I was impressed by the size of the forbidden city, surprised by the Daiwa when, still behind it was building. I think I really understood the enormity of the forbidden city. This is the Emperor's resting place and going to be met. I guess I feel that appeared on the ritual to take a breath here, held by the Hall of Supreme harmony.
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  • Located at the back of the Hall of Supreme harmony, wide-not in the Forbidden City entrance gate to the Middle just located around. Come visit so far, and I think half the really wide. Is seems to be where the emperor was resting prior to the ceremony.
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  • Is that before heading to the Hall of Supreme harmony, the Emperor met with officials here. There is a spectacular, three of the Hall of Supreme harmony, neutralizing gyotaejeon, Pao-lined in the gate of Supreme harmony.
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  • Went on a day where it wasn't too busy which improved the experience no doubt. The building is very impressive.
  • Very cool place and worth a visit.
  • Its the best place i wish to visit one day
  • Cultural significance of these halls changes work different emperors.
  • A must go for every china visitor but sadly its not 100% worth a visit.. Its expensive, dirty and very empty in every building.
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