"12) Imperial Garden (Part II: East)" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
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First, I visited the pavilions and gardens on east side of the garden. The three main buildings from south to north as the following:
1) Pavilion of Crimson Snow (Jiang Xue Xuan)
" This pavilion was constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. Originally, five Chinese flowering crab-apple tree grew in front of the pavilion. When the flowers were in full bloom, the crimson petals falling down looked like dancing snowflakes, thus the name was adopted. After the Chinese flowering crab-apple tree died, Beijing mock oranges (Philadelphus Pekinensis) were planted.
The pavilion's floor plan is shaped like this "凸" and is reflection of the Yang Xing Zhai (Study of the Cultivation of Nature), whose floor plan is shaped like this: " U ". Emperor Kangxi and Qianlong once appreciated flowers and composed poems with their officials in this pavilion. Emperor Qianlong once wrote a poem; "Where are the threes that grow more luxuriant and earlier than others in Spring? They are those near the Pavilion of Crimson Snow in front of the Hill of Accumulated Elegance." ( Note from Signboard)
2) Pavilion of Ten Thousand Spring Season (万春亭， Wan Chun Ting)
" Constructed in the Ming Dynasty, this pavilion has round upper part and a square lower part with verandas on all four sides. In the shape of a cross, the pavilion has carved overhanging eaves and multiple angles with the same shape and structure as Qian Qiu Ting (Thousand-Year Pavilion) in the Imperial Garden. In the Qing Dynasty, the statue of Lord Guan was enshrined here. The pavilion is located in the East of the Imperial Garden. Its name is derived from the Chinese tradition that East symbolizes spring." ( Note from Signboard) Great art on roof !!
3) Pavilion of Floating Greenery (浮碧亭， Fu Bi Ting)
"Constructed in the 1583 during the Ming Dynasty, this pavilion is located on a single-arched bridge spanning a rectangular pond. This square pavilion has four angles and a pyramid shaped roof, covered with green glazed tiles and edges with yellow glazed tiles. The pavilion is linked to a veranda with a rolled roof and is symmetrical to Cheng Rui Ting (Pavilion of Deposited Jade). (Note from Signboard).
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In East of Imperial Garden, Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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