Hall of Central Harmony

Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Behind the Hall of Supreme Harmony is the Hall of Central Harmony, which was used as the emperor’s transit lounge. Here he would make last-minute preparations, rehearse speeches and receive ministers. On display are two Qing dynasty sedan chairs, the emperor’s mode of transport around the Forbidden City.

The last of the Qing emperors, Puyi, used a bicycle and altered some features of the palace grounds to make it easier to get around.