"Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
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The Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies is located far east of Forbidden City, east of the Hall of Character Cultivation. This was a performing stage that emperors and empresses enjoyed watching opera in here. The signboard was written as:
" This pavilion was constructed in 1776 (the 41st year of the Qianlong reign period of the Qing Dynasty). In 1817 (the 22nd year of the Jiaqing reign period), a three-story opera stage, the largest stage in the palace, was added to the pavilion. The pavilion is 20.71 meters high, with a construction area of 685.94 square meters. The upper story of the stage is called Happiness Stage; the middle part, Position Stage; and the lower story, Longevity Stage. Longevity Stage has five trapdoors in the ceiling, leading to Position Stage. By the trapdoors, there are capstans and wheels, allowing dramatic entrance and exits of supernatural beings, ghosts and demons. During large-scare performances actors and actresses appeared on the three stories at the same time. The stage can hold 1,000 people. This pavilion faces Yue Shi Lou (Pavilion for Reading) to the north. The two words "Chang Yin" signify loud and cheerful sounds. "
In Chinese: 畅音阁 (Chang Yin Ge)
On the north of this hall is the Pavilion of Reading. The signboard was written as:
" Built in 1776 during the Qing Dynasty, this pavilion has two stories. Every New Year's Day and on the emperor's birthday, the emperor and empress, princes and high ranking officials watched operas here. Officials sat in the covered passages on both sides. On her 60th birthday, Empress Dowager Ci Xi was accompanied by Emperor Guangxu, his empress and officials in watching performances for more than 10 days at this hall. The words "Yue Shi" mean making correct judgement of reality from watching stage performances. "
NEXT: Hall of Character Cultivation (Yang Xing Dian)
In Chinese: 阅是楼 (Yue Shi Lou)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In far east of the Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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