Sacrificial Hall

Historic Site in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

The main attraction within the Workers Cultural Palace is the monumental Sacrificial Hall, as exquisite as any temple you'll find in Běijīng. Built in 1420 it was used by Qing- and Ming-dynasty emperors for sacrificial ceremonies. Rising up to the splendid Sacrificial Hall are three flights of steps. Only gods could traverse the central plinth; the emperor was consigned to the left-hand flight. Note how the plaque above the Sacrificial Hall is inscribed in both Chinese and Manchu.

Its space is now used to host temporary cultural exhibitions. Note its beautifully carved ceiling, another reason to pay the entry fee.