"7) Gate of Heavenly Purity" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060

  Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
by cal6060
 
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Heavenly Purity, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
 

The Gate of Heavenly Purity connects the Inner Court and the Outer Court This is where I started to explore the Inner Courts to see the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union, and Palace of Earthly Tranquility. There are two glazed copper vats on each side of the gate to prevent fire during Ming and Qing dynasties. It has similar concepts as the Gate of Supreme Harmony as both have a pair of lion in front of their gates. The Gate of Heavenly Purity has the pair of lion in gold color, as the Gate of Supreme Harmony has the bronze lions.

The signboard was written as:

" Constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, this gate was later destroyed by a fire. It was rebuilt in 1655 during the Qing Dynasty. As a front gate of the inner court, Qian Qing Men is five bays wide and three bays deep, with a single-eave gable roof covered by yellow glazed tiles. The gate sits on a 1.5-meter-high white marble base, and is 16 meters high. On both sides of the gate, there are glazed screen walls in the shape of the character " 八". In the Qing Dynasty, the emperor heard reports delivered by his officials here. Attending to the state affairs at this imperial gate was common, however, after Emperor Xianfeng ascended the throne, he changed this routine."

NEXT: Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing Palace)

In Chinese: 乾清门 (Qian Qing Men)

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: Between Inner and Outer Courts, Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.dpm.org.cn/

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