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Shouhuang Palace Opens to Public

Shouhuang Palace (Palace of Imperial Longevity) architectural complex in Jingshan Park, after a 4-year renovation, opened to the public on November 22.

From then on the buildings along the central axis of old Beijing, as a whole, make their debut.

Shouhuang Palace architectural complex was first built in the northeast corner of Jingshan Park in the Ming Dynasty.In the 14th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign (1749) of the Qing Dynasty, it was rebuilt right to the north of Jingshan Park, thus becoming one of the important architectures on the central axis of Beijing. The complex, consisting of two courtyards,covers about 21256 square meters and its total building (construction) area is 3797.68 square meters. It is constructed according to the regulations of Imperial Ancestral Temple, which is of the highest construction standard in ancient China and the second largest complex on the axis after the Forbidden City.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Shouhuang Palace was an architectural complex dedicated to the worship of royal ancestors and ancestral sacrifices. The portraits of emperor and empress are displayed in the palace. Every year the emperors went there, worshiping their ancestors. The architectural complex carries abundant cultural information; fully demonstrates the worship culture, the royal worship rites, ancestors worship and the culture of filial piety of the Chinese nation.

In 1954, the municipal government decided to set aside a part of Jingshan Park for Beijing Children's Palace. On January 1, 1956, the palace was officially established in the Shouhuang Palace.

For better protecting cultural relics and ancient buildings, the architectural complex of Shouhuang Palace was incorporated in the Jingshan Park again on December 31, 2013.And then a major repair was done on it from April 2016, as to restore its former appearance in the 14th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign (1749)of the Qing Dynasty.

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