The Forbidden City Opened Four New Areas to the Public

19/10/2015
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The Forbidden City opened four new areas of the museum to the public for the first time for the 90th anniversary of the museum’s founding.

The newly opened watch tower of the Forbidden City.

The newly opened watch tower of the Forbidden City.

During the past years, visitors could mainly see the “three main hall” of the Forbidden City. Actually it is only a small part of the huge palace. After the four new areas opened, the opening area increased from 52% to 65%. And the target for the next year is for 76% of the Forbidden City to be opened with more displays.

The four newly opened areas are shown on the plan of the Forbidden City.

The four newly opened areas are shown on the plan of the Forbidden City.

The Cining Palace

The Cining Palace located in the western part of the Palace Museum was used to be home to emperors’ mothers. And its name ‘Cining (慈宁)’ means compassion and tranquility. The newly opened parts of the Cining Palace include a private garden, a hall for worshipping the Buddha, and a residence built for Emperor Qianlong’s mother, called the Shoukang Palce.

Visitors can see the more treasures displayed in the  Cining Palace, which was just opened to the public in October 10th.

Visitors can see the more treasures displayed in the Cining Palace, which was just opened to the public in October 10th.

The Baoyun Building

Located in the Palace of Xinhua door, the Baoyun building is the only building compared with Chinese and Western architectural styles together. It is a warehouse built in 1914 to store thousands of treasures.

Wings of the Meridian Gate and East Prosperity Gate

The next two new areas opened to the public is the wings of the Meridian Gate and East Prosperity Gate. Visitors can wall along the city walls, and climb the tower Donghuamen overlooking the Forbidden City for the first time after the wings of the Meridian Gate and East Prosperity Gate opened.

Visitors can overlook the the Forbidden City from the newly opened city wall areas.

Visitors can overlook the the Forbidden City from the newly opened city wall areas.