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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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Reviewed 29 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dmacwi
Reviewed 8 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank OdysseusTwo
Reviewed 7 July 2018

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...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Bill C
Reviewed 6 May 2018

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...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank silverbrook
Reviewed 23 February 2018

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....More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Max P
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 31 October 2017

One of the main things to know about visiting the Forbidden City is that it's really straightforward and you can't miss much - there is really only one way through and you'd really have to go off course and ignore all instruction to miss this...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Adam W
Reviewed 2 June 2017

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...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank RayParks
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The last of the three main halls in the outer court, this was where the Emperor rested and changed his clothes before departing for important rites like selecting the Empress or Crown Prince. Later on during the Qing Dynasty, the Imperial Palace Exams were also...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank nellielim
Reviewed 22 July 2016

By now i was disinterested in seeing same looking structures over and over again, that too from the outside while fighting the hoards of other tourist. Instead its better to enjoy the marble courtyard on the left hand side of the Hall.

Date of experience: June 2016
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