Forbidden City |
-- Ningshougong (Palace of Tranquil Longevity) --
This group of buildings
was erected in 1689 and was aptly named Ningshougong 'The Palace of
Tranquil Longevity'; for it was here that the Emperor Qianlong had intended
to live in retirement. The complex was a scaled down replica of the
Forbidden City. Following reconstruction in 1772, it was renamed Huangjidian
(The Hall of Imperial Supremacy) although the rear hall continued to
be known as Ningshougong. Despite his original intentions, Qianlong
did not come to live here after all.
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