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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 twenty-seven 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 sixty 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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  • This building is part of the forbidden city and is one of many. Since the building of the architecture are very similar, it's easy that it confused them. The forbidden city is a must on a Beijing trip.
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  • Inside the forbidden city will have several sections, each section has a multi-zone labels, and captions provide information to take walks to view the map labels composed atmosphere around the time back to forget me that the picture is where, in.
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  • The Palace of heavenly purity is one of the main palaces of the forbidden city, the biggest, the residence of the emperor. Unfortunately the entrance inside is closed, but you can examine the Interior. The Palace is beautiful, like the whole Palace because it is a real history of ancient China. Certainly his visit a note. I've been here about five times, and still come back.
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