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Hall of Supreme Harmony, Beijing

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Feel the grandeur of Hall of Supreme Harmony, 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. To visit Hall of Supreme Harmony on your trip to Beijing, use our Beijing road trip planning app .
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  • This is just an amazing palace that have been built her, and also show how this is totally different from a palace or a castle in Europe, where some things are the same, but mostly totally different. ...  more »
  • But let’s not split hairs. The 35.5 meters high hall with its double-layered roof represents the highest construction rank in the whole Chinese empire and thus was exclusively for the emperor. Coverin...  more »
  • History comes alive when you go from one compound to the next. Unbelievable how large these areas are and how well preserved.  more »
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  • historical places, always crowded, many people from around the world came here to know more about china. YOU MUST VISIT THIS PLACE!! RECOMMEND!!
  • Super crowded. Be prepared to jostle for a prime spot!
  • It's always crowded. You cannot go in, so need to bring a good zoom lenses.
  • The center of the forbidden city, and forbidden city is center of bejing. Sadly you cannot walk into the hall which only can see outside. The worst part was to squeeze with the crowd, i look at the hall and take photo within 5 seconds. Beat my record when you there :)
  • Must visit if you are in Beijing, bit was not able to get in today.

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