Hall of Supreme Harmony highlights China's Forbidden City
With more than 980 buildings, Beijing's Forbidden City is among the most impressive tourist destinations in the world. Encompassing around 7.8 million square feet, it can take hours to completely experience this former imperial palace, and there are certain parts of the Forbidden City you can't miss on your tours of China.
Completed in 1420 A.D., the Forbidden City is a testament to the lengthy history of China, and played an important role in the country's ruling dynasties until the early 20th century. The immense effort it took to construct the city's hundreds of buildings is evident around every corner, and is especially true in the Palace of Heavenly Purity.
The palace is the largest building in the Inner Court of the Forbidden City, and was among the most important structures in the region because of it's role as the Emperor's audience hall. Aside from its historical importance, the Palace of Heavenly Purity also houses a number of cultural relics including a pair of bronze sculptures - a turtle and crane - that were constructed to symbolize the longevity of the Chinese dynasty.
Though the Palace of Heavenly Purity may be the largest building in the Inner Court, it pales in comparison to the Hall of Supreme Harmony. The building, which stands around 100 feet above the city floor, is among the most recognizable structures you'll see during a tour of China.
The Hall of Supreme Harmony was used by emperors for enthronement and wedding ceremonies, and though it is replete with intricate artwork and architecture, the highlight of the building is undoubtedly the elaborately decorated Dragon Throne, which features five dragons along its back and headrests.