"33) Hall of Character Cultivation" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060

  Gate of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City
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  • Gate of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Gate of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City
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  • Hall of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Hall of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Character Cultivation, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
 

Hall of Character Cultivation is located at the center between Garden of the Palace of Peace and Longevity and Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies. It was mostly used as a function hall in the Qing Dynasty. The signboard was written as:

" This hall was constructed in 1776 during the Qing Dynasty, as a copy of Yang Xin Dian (Hall of Moral Cultivation). Emperor Qianlong planned to live here after his abdication but never did. In December 1781, the emperor held a banquet in this hall to entertain princes, high-ranking officials, Mongolian chieftains and Manchu nobilities. When Empress Dowager Ci Xi lived in Le Shou Tang (Hall of Joyful Longevity) in the late Qing Dynasty, she dined in this hall in Dong Nuan Ge (EEast Chamber of Warmth). In 1903 when Emperor Guangxu lived here, he and Empress Dowager Ci Xi would meet the wives of foreign envoys in the hall. In 1909 a celebration was held here when Empress Dowager Long Yu was given a title of honor. The words "Yang Xing" are derived from Mencius, meaning "cultivating one's character to reach benevolence."

NEXT: Hall of Joyful Longevity (Leshou Hall)

In Chinese: 养性殿 (Yang Xing Dian)

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In far east of the Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.dpm.org.cn/

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2012
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