"16) Palace of External Spring" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
Forbidden City - The Palace Museum, Beijing: 475 reviews and 998 photos
Palace of External Spring is another palace lived by imperial concubines. Now I know most of the Palaces on the west side were used to be the residence of imperial concubines. It means an emperor could choose to go any one of them , even though they are so closed to each other.
The signboard was written as:
" This palace was first constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It was originally named Chang Chun Gong, but was renamed Yong Ning Gong (Palace of Eternal Tranquility) in 1535. It resumed its original name in 1615. After renovation in 1859 during Qing Dynasty, it was linked to Tai Ji Dian ( Hall of Great Supremacy) and four courtyards were added. On the walls of the corridor are huge murals displaying episodes from the classic novel A Dream of Real Mansions.
During the Qing Dynasty, it was the residence for imperial concubines. Empress Xiaoxian of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty lived here. In 1748, Empress Xiaoxian died and her coffin was placed in the palace. Emperor Qianlong issued a decree that the palace would not be changed, no one else would live here, and a portrait of Empress Xiaoxian would be displayed here at the lunar New Year and other festivals. Later Empress Dowager Cixi lived here for several years. " Chang Chun" means "everlasting youth."
NEXT: Palace of Blessings to Mother Earth (Yikun Palace)
In Chinese: 长春宫 (Chang Chun Gong)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the West of Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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