Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)

Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)

Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
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Nine marble dragons lord over the staircase at the rear of this hall, formerly the site of municipal exams.
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OdysseusTwo
Sydney, Australia224 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Apparently the preservation of harmony required another hall, similar to others.

Realistically there are many buildings of a similar nature here, without much in the way of impressive furnishings inside. This is another one of them.
Written 8 September 2018
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
The third building in the Forbidden City. In the inside there is a golden dragon throne that was preserved quite well.

It should be on your list if you are going to the Forbidden City.

Summary-

To better make sure you get to all the places in the Forbidden city.

Buy the 5 rmb map at the outside where you buy tickets. There is usually an old woman who sells them there.
Written 11 September 2013
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ianwyj
Singapore5,191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Second-largest of the three halls within the Outer Courtyard (originally used for public functions) of the Forbidden City, the Hall of Preserved Harmony was where the emperor got changed prior to official engagements at the Hall of Supreme Harmony during the Ming Dynasty. The role of the hall changed somewhat during the Qing Dynasty where it served not only as a possible site of the Imperial examinations, but also for imperial banquets (especially those involving the weddings of princesses). Visitors will usually arrive here from the Hall of Central Harmony, but there are a number of directions they can take from here into the Inner Courtyards (the private quarters for the emperor and his royal household).
Written 18 November 2017
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,862 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
This was the last hall of the Three Great Halls of the Outer Court on the central axis of the Forbidden City. We went through 后左門 (Back Left Gate) to go in and out to see the hall.
It was interesting to know that the Ming Emperors would usually change into their ritual garments in this hall prior to the ceremonial installation of an empress or crown prince. During the Qin dynasty, it was used for imperial banquets, such as an imperial wedding.
Written 2 June 2017
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is one of the 3 main halls in the outer court of the Forbidden City. The architectural design is similar to the other 2 halls. Every New Year's Eve and on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, emperors held banquets in the Hall of Preserving Harmony to entertain heads of states, imperial kinsmen, and high ranking ministers. From 1789, every three years the Palace Examination was held here.
Written 18 October 2019
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
The hall is nothing special and you battle to see inside due to the crowds,there is throne here as well
Written 27 December 2018
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dmacwi
Wisconsin223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
If traveling south to north through the Forbidden City, this is the third main hall. Similar to the other Palaces/Halls in the Forbidden City, it is worth stopping at to read the information sign. Be prepared to battle crowds.
Written 28 September 2018
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada4,605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This is the third of the three main Halls in the outer court of the Forbidden City and is the second largest after the Hall of Supreme Harmony. It was used for banquets and later for imperial examinations. You can see a throne through the door and windows. Entry into the palace isn’t allowed. Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is a large stone carving of dragons and clouds.
Written 7 July 2018
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
This is the last and second largest of the three halls on the raised marble platform in the Forbidden City. It has had a few different uses since it's creation depending on which dynasty was ruling at the time. It is not as elaborate as the Hall of Supreme Harmony, but is in a very similar style. Between the back sets of stairs is a detailed stone carving the length of the stairs that leads down to the courtyard between the inner and outer courts. The nine Roof Guardians help emphasize the importance of this building ranking it higher than the central hall, but lower than the Hall of Supreme Harmony.
Written 6 May 2018
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Max P
1,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
One of the 3 main halls of the outer court, it has one of the thrones inside and outside is a variety of interesting artifacts such as a large sundial, huge brass water urns used for fire fighting and giant brass turtles with dragon heads. Another massive courtyard.
Written 22 February 2018
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