Hall of Spiritual Cultivation

Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Built in 1776, the Hall of Spiritual Cultivation was intended to be used for Qing emperor Qianlong's retirement. He never moved in, although he did throw the occasional banquet here to entertain imperial kinsmen and high-ranking officials. Empress Cixi took her meals here toward the end of the dynasty. Now it serves as one of the Treasure Hall galleries.

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