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"Palace of Abstinence - Bedroom Hall" Temple of Heaven Tip by Willettsworld

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The Bedroom Hall served as residence for the emperors during the period of abstinence before rituals. The inscription on the board in the front of the hall is two Chinese characters, literally meaning Respectful and Quiet. A throne-bed and flowers stands were placed in the hall for the emperors to handle daily routines, hold rituals and grant interviews to the chancellors. The north bay served as a bedroom during the period of abstinence in winter, equipped with heating installations such as heated bed curtains, a heatable earthen-brick bed and a charcoal brazier or basin while the south bay was used or living during the period of abstinence for summer. The two minor bays served as a sitting room and study. Emperor Qianlong composed dozens of poems here to express his feelings on worship to Heaven.

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