Gate of Heavenly Purity This is the gateway leading to the inner court. It was erected in 1429 and rebuilt in 1655. The Qing emperors sometimes gave an audience to the government officials here. On the east were study rooms for the emperor's children. On the west were offices for guards...
Hall of Union and Peace was built in the Ming Dynasty. In this building the Qing emperors conferred honorable titles on their empresses. The empresses also held their birthday celebrations here. Since the reign of the Qing Qianlong emperor, 25 jade seals representing imperial authority have been kept in...
Office of the Privy Council used to be the Office of the Privy Council, set up during the reign of Yongzheng (1723-35), the third Qing emperor. The Office of the Privy Council assisted the emperor in dealing with routine military and political afairs. Although this place does not attract...

Meridian Gate

Meridian Gate is the main gate of the Purple Forbidden City. It is 37.95 meters high. The gate was the most forbidden portal in the palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The purple color was symbolically attributed to the North Star, and it was used here to show that...
Great Wall at Badaling 八达岭长城 At Badaling, there is a gate, which is called the Key to the North Gate with an elevation of 600 metres (the north gate of an old fort at the Badaling Section of the Great Wall, northwest of Beijing). It has been known in history...
A Brief Introduction to the Great Wall Located in Beijing area, the four sections of the Great Walls refer to Badaling in Yanqing County, which is the earliest developed and the most famous both in China and abroad. It is the outstanding representative of the Great Wall and the quintessence...
The Summer Palace Where is the the Summer Palace The Summer Palace is located on the western edge of Beijing, between the fourth and fifth ring roads,close to the western hills,10km from central Beijing一It is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Its Chinese name,Yi He Yuan,translates as ‘Garden for...
Why is Yellow The predominant color of the Forbidden City is yellow. Nearly all the houses are roofed with yellow-glazed-tiles. For the ancient Chinese, the universe was made up of five elements: gold, wood, water, fire. earth, and earth was the most basic of them all. These elements were metaphors...
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests The horizontal inscribed board with Qi Nian Dian, the three big Chinese characters, hangs on top of the building. The top of the board is 4.1 meters. The bottom of the board is 3 meters, and its height is 4.3 meters, weighing 2.5 tons....
Brief Introdution to Temple of Heaven The Ming emperor Yongle (Zhu Di 1360-1424, reigned 1403-24) decided to build a temple more than 500 years ago, where the emperors could worship heaven, a ritual, which he hoped would serve to perpetuate imperial rule. The result was a masterpiece of Chinese architecture——the...

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