Hall of Preserving Harmony

Historic Building in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

The third of the Great Halls is the Hall of Preserving Harmony, used for banquets and later for imperial examinations. Descending from the rear of the hall is a 250-tonne marble slab carved with dragons and clouds. Sedan chair bearers would walk on the steps either side, conveying the emperor over the hallowed central carriageway.