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“The Last of the Three Great Halls”

Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
Ranked #157 of 1,635 things to do in Beijing
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Owner description: Nine marble dragons lord over the staircase at the rear of this hall, formerly the site of municipal exams.
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 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.

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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 held in this hall every three years.

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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.

Thank Mayank A
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Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Must see in Beijing Very nice place a little bit too much people but I was very happy too see this place

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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Built slightly differently than its surrounding Halls, the Hall of Preserving Harmony has no support pillars. It's right on the N-S axis, so you can't miss it. Jostle with the crowds to look inside and see the impressive throne.

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