"Complete Palace of Peace & Longevity" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by Willettsworld

The small collection of palaces originally included the Palace of Benevolence and Longevity, Hall of Chirping Phoenixes and Hall of Phoenixes where empress dowagers and imperial concubines lived during the Ming dynasty. It was rebuilt in 1776 into a residential area for Emperor Qianlong after he abdicated. The layout of the whole palace is an imitation of the Forbidden City, with a central axis and front and rear parts. The names of the buildings express wishes for longevity, peace and harmony. On his 80th birthday, Emperor Qianlong held a banquet to entertain 1,000 old men here. In the late Qing dynasty, Empress Dowager Ci Xi once lived here.

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the Center of Beijing
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.dpm.org.cn/

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  • Written Aug 8, 2009
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