Hall of Preserving Harmony
The Hall of Preserving Harmony (Chinese: 保和殿; pinyin: Bǎo Hé Diàn) is one of the three halls of the Outer Court of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, along with the Hall of Supreme Harmony and Hall of Central Harmony.
Rectangular in plan, the Hall of Preserving Harmony is similar to, but smaller in scale than, the Hall of Supreme Harmony. It was used for rehearsing ceremonies, and was also the site of the final stage of the Imperial examination.Both of these halls also feature imperial thrones, though to a slightly smaller scale than that in the Hall of Supreme Harmony.
i’m so glad you provided all this information, as when i was there i had limited time, and so i spent it all shooting the locals rather than listening to the guide. 🙂
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