Dongliugong,( The Six
Eastern Palaces), consists of Jingrengong (Palace of Great Benevolence),
Chengqiangong (Palace of Celestial Favour), Yonghegong (Palace of Eternal
Harmony), Jingyanggong (Palace of Great Brilliance), Zhongcuigong (Palace
of Purity) and Yanxigong (Palace of Lasting Happiness).
The palace complex stands on the east side of the Inner Court. These
buildings also provided living quarters for the imperial concubines
and a majority were restored during the 17th century. Now most of the
palaces have been turned into exhibition halls for the display of Chinese
treasures collected by the imperial family.
Jingrengong (Palace of Great Benevolence) houses an exhibition of more
than five hundred ancient Chinese bronzes. Two other halls, namely Zhaigong
and Chengsudian also have displays of magnificent bronzes.
Chengqiangong (Palace of Celestial Favour) and Yonghegong (Palace of
Eternal Harmony), are now the Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition Halls.
Here visitors will find an impressive display of pottery and porcelain
dating from the Neolithic Age through to the Qing dynasty.
Jingyanggong (Palace of Great Brilliance) houses the Ming and Qing Crafts
Exhibition and here lacquer wares, items of jade, stoneware, glassware
and metal wares created during these dynasties are displayed.
Zhongcuigong (Palace of Purity) was the palace where the crown prince
lived during the Ming dynasty.
After you have completed your tour of sites in this section, go north
to Yuhuayuan (Imperial Garden).
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