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Palace of Heavenly Purity

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the Palace located in the middle of the Forbidden City after passing through the Gate of Heavenly Purity and before the Palace of Earthly Tranquility. Similar to the other Palaces/Halls in the Forbidden City, worth stopping at and reading the information sign located...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

This palace in the Forbidden City is the first building you see after passing through the Gate of Heavenly Purity. This palace was once where the Ming and Qing emperors resided. Later, it became an audience hall for receiving foreign envoys and high officials. You...More

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 27 May 2018

As with all parts of the Forbidden City, this is yet another imposing structure with beautiful design that is well worth visiting. Yes, there will be crowds, but you will still be able to find a quiet corner to stop and appreciate what you are...More

Thank Randall K
Reviewed 10 December 2017

The largest of the halls situated within the Inner Court of the Forbidden City, this hall had a sort of hybrid role during the Qing dynasty. It could serve as a location where rituals were required, a role usually reserved for the massive halls of...More

Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 2 June 2017

There was a tablet above the throne with four Chinese characters 正大光明. It may be loosely transliterated as “let the righteous shine,” meaning “to be decent, honest and magnanimous," or "to have no secret or do a shameless deed.” But the Qing dynasty emperors who...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is inside the inner court of the Forbidden City and is the sleeping quarters of the Emperor. A smaller version of the Hall of Supreme Harmony but it is the largest palace in the inner court.

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Reviewed 22 July 2016

Last of the Big Halls among the many similar looking halls in the Forbidden City. Pretty much the same stuff, we can't go inside, bare interiors, bad lighting. Have to fight with other tourist for the view. The hall served as the Emperor's residence and...More

Thank Mayank A
Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

It's not everyday that you see places that were once inhabited by royalty. This palace has a special place in Beijing history. That's why you will have a hard time trying to see the place. It's the most crowded attraction in forbidden city. But I...More

Thank BhawaniPathania
Reviewed 13 June 2015

Visited here in Dec 2008 first, then Sep 2011, Dec 2012 and 2013, this palace part of the Gu Gong was not too exciting unlike the ones with gift shops or Buddha statues. The exterior looks the same as any of the other tile shingled...More

Thank Laxiaozi08200912
Reviewed 30 May 2015

It wasn't because of the huge crowds that made this attraction hard to see but the dinginess of the lighting. Access is not available presumably to preserve the room and can only be viewed from outside but it's dimly lit. Again, and only presumably, there...More

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