Palace of Heavenly Purity, Beijing

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The Palace of Heavenly Purity, or Qianqing Palace is a palace in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. It is the largest of the three halls of the Inner Court (the other two being the Hall of Union and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility), located at the northern end of the Forbidden City. During the Qing dynasty, the palace often served as the Emperor's audience hall, where he held council with the Grand Council.The Palace of Heavenly Purity is a double-eaved building, and set on a single-level white marble platform. It is connected to the Gate of Heavenly Purity to its south by a raised walkway. In the Ming dynasty, it was the residence of the Emperor. The large space was divided into nine rooms on two levels, with 27 beds. For security, on any one night the Emperor would randomly choose from any of these beds. This continued through the early Qing dynasty. However, when the Yongzheng Emperor ascended to the throne, he did not wish to inhabit the palace occupied by his father for 60 years. He and subsequent emperors lived instead at the smaller Hall of Mental Cultivation to the west. The Palace of Heavenly Purity then became the Emperor's audience hall, where he held court, received ministers and emissaries, and held banquets. At the centre of the Palace, set atop an elaborate platform, is a throne and a desk, on which the Emperor wrote notes and signed documents during councils with ministers. A caisson is set into the roof, featuring a coiled dragon.
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  • The last of the three great palaces in the Forbidden City is the clearing of the palace and the clearing of the middle of the palace. It was raised by Emperor Qianlong's pen, but it was simpler to compare with other palaces.
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  • This Palace was the residence of the Emperor's personal directly. The premise is divided into several rooms with beds. Even the servant did not know where the emperor would sleep. All this was done to ensure its security. Inside the Palace are not allowed. You can only admire through a window.
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  • The largest of the halls situated within the Inner Court of the Forbidden City, this hall had a sort of hybrid role during the Qing dynasty. It could serve as a location where rituals were required, a...  more »

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