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A sneak peek of Yangxin Hall at China’s Capital Museum

By Weiwei Guan

November 9

“This is the first time that the Palace Museum has opened so many places and antiques to the public.”

“This is the first time that the Palace Museum has opened so many places and antiques to the public.”

The Capital Museum in Beijing launched a special exhibition on Sept. 28 showing an original sample of Yangxin Hall and 268 pieces of Forbidden City antiques.

An original sample of Yangxin Hall in Capital Museum, Beijing [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
An original sample of Yangxin Hall in Capital Museum, Beijing [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Yangxin Hall, also called the Hall of Mental Cultivation, was built in the Ming Dynasty as a place for the emperor to relax. After the Kangxi Emperor died, the Yongzheng Emperor, his son, didn’t move to Qianqing Hall but lived in Yangxin Hall to show his mourning. Since then, eight Qing Dynasty emperors had lived in Yangxin Hall.

An original sample of Yangxin Hall in Capital Museum, Beijing [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn] An original sample of Yangxin Hall in Capital Museum, Beijing [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
An original sample of Yangxin Hall in Capital Museum, Beijing [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
As the center of imperial power, Yangxin Hall witnessed the key events behind the Empress Dowager Ci Xi’s rule, the failure of the Self-Strengthening Movement launched by the Qing court during the second half of 19th century, and the end of Chinese monarchy in 1912.

“This is the first time that the Palace Museum has opened so many places and antiques to the public,” said a tour guide at the Capital Museum.

Sanxitang [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Sanxitang [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Sanxitang(三希堂) means a “place with three rare treasures” in Chinese. The 8 square meter room used to be Emperor Qianlong’s study. He collected works of three calligraphers here and that’s how it got its name.

“Emperor Yongzheng had dealt with more than 200,000 memorials, wrote about 2,000 characters each day, showing how diligent he was in state affairs,” the tour guide said.

Hotpot [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Hotpot [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
The exhibition also displays the emperor’s personal possessions. It will last until Feb. 26, 2017. Reserve your ticket on the official website of the Capital Museum.

Teapot [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Teapot [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Copper Statue of Vajrabhairava [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]
Copper Statue of Vajrabhairava [Image Credit: Guan Weiwei/China.org.cn]

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