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“Second Largest Hall in the Forbidden City”

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 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 door and windows. Entry into the palace isn’t allowed. Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is a large stone carving of dragons and clouds.

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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 the Hall of Supreme Harmony, but is in a very similar style. Between the back sets of stairs is a detailed stone carving the length of the stairs that leads down to the courtyard between the inner and outer courts. The nine Roof Guardians help emphasize the importance of this building ranking it higher than the central hall, but lower than the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

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Reviewed 22 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. Another massive courtyard.

Thank Max P
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Reviewed 18 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 of the hall changed somewhat during the Qing Dynasty where it served not only as a possible site of the Imperial examinations, but also for imperial banquets (especially those involving the weddings of princesses). Visitors will usually arrive here from the Hall of Central Harmony, but there are a number of directions they can take from here into the Inner Courtyards (the private quarters for the emperor and his royal household).

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Reviewed 30 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 hall as it is enormous.

Outside there are a few windows open but at the main point there is a barrier and loads of people trying to take photos. If that is your thing dive in, no one will mind, if it is not your thing notice the many cool paintings, the impressive ceiling and columns. Also around the edge of the hall are many great statues and items from the imperial court.

Thank Adam W
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