Hall of Mental Cultivation in the Forbidden City
Date: September 27, 2016 – March 26, 2017 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room D, F3


The Hall of Mental Cultivation became a place for relaxation for emperors during the reign of Qing Emperor Yongzheng (1723-1735) and where emperors didtheir daily work.

Qing emperors read and made comments on daily documents, discussed national affairs with court officials, and appreciated antiques, didBuddhist activities and enjoyed the happiness of every-day life with family. As a symbol of the center of imperial power, the Hall of Mental Cultivation also witnessed several interesting unusual circumstances such asthe Empress Dowager Cixi dealing withstate affairs behind a screen, the failure of the Self-Strengthening Movement launched by the Qing court during the second half of 19th century, and the end of Chinese monarchy in 1912.

Let us walk into the Hall of Mental Cultivation and experience the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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