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"Imperial Palace - Dazheng Hall: II" Top 5 Page for this destination Shenyang Things to Do Tip by mke1963

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The Dazheng Hall, built in 1625 and possibly one of the first structures in the palace to be finished, is octagonal, raised up on a high platform. The building is supported by 24 wooden pillars in a double-line, supporting the double eaves above. It forms the almost archetypal Chinese pavilion, with its curved ridges and beautifully decorated finial. If you look closely at the eight ridges, you can see a figure of a small man pulling a chain, symbolising the eight banners of the Manchu kingdom pulling together to support the kingdom.
Perhaps the most striking aspect is the two gilded dragons climbing the two outer front pillars: in late 2004, a foreign paint company upset the Chinese nation by suggesting that it that companies paint was used, the dragons would slip to the bottom.
Just beyond the Dazheng Hall, lining a short stretch of wall are a number of important stelae. The furthest one is particularly poignant: it was created in honour of the head of Huangtaiji’s personal bodyguard who insisted on being buried alive with his regent when the later died, to protect him in the after-life.
Note that if you are visiting the eastern axis first, it is easy to miss the second line of palace buildings by entering the back garden, from where there is access only to the central and western axes of buildings.

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2005
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