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Hall of Supreme Harmony, Beijing

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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. Use our Beijing travel itinerary planner to visit Hall of Supreme Harmony on your trip to Beijing, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I really wasn't prepared well enough to take advantage of all I was seeing and learning from signs. I appreciated this place on a child's level, i think. Being fresh with facts and understanding would...  more »
  • We came here as first time for our friend, so after security check to access Tienanmen you can start the one way tour of the Forbidden city. It s big, impressive, clean and even crowded it s quite cal...  more »
  • Dont miss visit this huge great palace. Time tunnel for great feeling. like see real dinasty moment...  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.