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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  • June 2, 2017
    There was a tablet above the throne with four Chinese characters 正大光明. It may be loosely transliterated as “let the righteous shine,” meaning “to be decent, honest and magnanimous," or "to have no sec...  more »
  • May 5, 2017
    The Palace of heavenly purity is the first encountered in the living quarters of the forbidden city and was the accommodation of the emperor. Is the largest of the buildings of the inner yard even if less than the Hall of Supreme Harmony of which copy forms. In the centre there is a throne with incense burners in cloisonné.
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  • April 27, 2017
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