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Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City, China (#6061)

Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City, China
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picture date: 2004-10-07

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This is the back of the building known as the Hall of Preserving Harmony (BaoHeDian). It served various purposes. During the Ming Dynasty, for instance, it was used by emperors as a place to practice their speeches, change their clothes, or for ceremonies such as the conferring of the title Empress or Crown Prince. Meanwhile, during the Qing Dynasty, banquets in celebration of a princesss marriage, New Years Eve, or to honor officials, were done here. It was also in this building where the emperors would announce the top 10 students who passed the prestigious Palace Examination.

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