Gate of Heavenly Purity leads to Forbidden City’s Inner Court. It houses three palaces, Imperial Flower Garden and numerous halls. On the east side of Inner Court lies a number of smaller palaces and courtyards used as a residence of concubines. Much of the western side of Forbidden City is closed to visitors. As I said before we didn’t get a chance to see the west side.
Qian Qing Gong Palace of Heavenly Purity was used as the imperial sleeping quarters and for reception of officials. It was here that the last Ming emperor, Chongzhen, wrote his final letter in red ink. He then got drunk and killed his teenage daughter, his concubines and hung himself in Jing Shan Park (north of Forbidden City).
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like if all those frames were still covered in gold and the colors neat and bright.
It was very dark in all of the indoor spaces and pictures came out blurry. Believe me there is not much time to take a shot without any one making an appearance. The rooms were also very dusty so the colors are often shades of grey.
Some other shots of the Inner Court and eastern palaces. I will leave my two favorite places for two separate posts. In the meantime enjoy the pictures!