Treasure Halls In The Palace Museum Before seeing the artifacts in the treasure halls you may enjoy the two pinus bungeanes(white bark pines) in the courtyard. They lose their barks all the year round but not their leaves. There are three treasure rooms, one behind the other. There is a...
Sculptures The sculpture groups are 6 to 8 meters high and 7 to 15 meters long. The sculpture group to the east of the north entrance represents the period of the New Democratic Revolution (1919-49), and the group to the west represents the heroic achievements of the Chinese people in...
Monument to the people's Heroes The Monument to the people's Heroes dominates the center of Tian’anmen Square. It symbolizes the respect of the Chinese people for their revolutionary martyrs and represents the heroic struggle of the Chinese people against internal and external enemies. The Monument to the People's Heroes was built...
Chinese parks are the nation’s crystallization of traditional culture for five thousand years. Beihai Park and Coal Hill Park boast a history of nearly one thousand years. They are the masterpieces among the Chinese imperial parks. As an important component part of the imperial parks, the design of the...
Baohe hall(Hall of Preserving Harmony) Baohe means preserving things (objects) harmonized. Architecturally, the Hall of Preserving Harmony has no supporting pillars in its front part, something typical of Ming architecture. In the Qing Dynasty, banquets were given on New Year’s Eve and the Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Festival,the 15th day of...
Patterned Footpaths On a stroll through a Chinese garden or park, the visitor often finds himself walking on footpaths of colored pebbles arranged in patterns-- a feature of Chinese landscape gardening. These patterned paths are not designed by architects, but made by artisans from beginning to end. The paving of pebbles...
The Imperial Garden was built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty. It is rectangular in shape with 130 meters from east to west and more than 90 meters from north to south. Its total area covers over 7,000 square meters, containing more than 20 different styles of architecture with...
Before entering the Hall of Mental Cultivation, visitors can see two concentric discs with dragons. It symbolize respectively heaven and earth; but there is no means at present of knowing whether they already had this, or ineed any symbolic meaning in the late Stone Age. The mirror also holds...
A pair of bronze lions (the lion is the king of beasts) symbolizing the imperial power guards the gate. In ancient times, lions were supposed to be good doorkeepers and put at the gate to ward off (exorcize) evil spirits. Lions are frequently seen in front of buildings as...
Taihe means having good social order and without war free from worry. This is the throne hall, also known as “Hall of the Golden Throne,” (a popular name for the emperor's audience hall, e. g. the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Imperial Palace). First built in 1420, it was...

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