part of the largest, second courtyard,
with the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the
This courtyard, between the Gate of
Supreme Harmony and the Hall of Supreme Harmony,
is the largest in the Forbidden City and complements the Hall
of Supreme Harmony, the largest structure in the
city. Ceremonies held at the Hall of Supreme Harmony,
which faces south, used this courtyard because it can
hold thousands of people.
An unrestored part of the courtyard.
There are no trees here
because in ancient China emperors considered themselves
to be a Son of Heaven, born to reign over the country, so
they should occupy the highest position. Nothing was
allowed to overwhelm the Hall of Supreme Harmony,
the highest building in the Forbidden City - and trees
were no exception.
The 33 rooms along each
side of the courtyard served as warehouses for storing
such items as fur, porcelain, silver, tea, silk, satin
and clothes. Today, they house exhibitions, offices and
Pavillion, on the west side of the grand courtyard.
: The Hall of Supreme Harmony