Wishlisted by Lemi
Right at the heart of the Central Axis, the Outer Court rises in three essential structures: the Hall of Supreme Harmony (太和殿, Tai He Dian), the Hall of Central Harmony (中和殿, Zhong He Dian), and Hall of Preserved Harmony (保和殿, Bao Be Dian). Fun fact: they’ve survived earthquakes without nails or glue anywhere in the structure. The City was built like a puzzle with strategic wooden beams absorbing any seismic activity. The Hall of Supreme Harmony and other edifices in the complex are elaborately adorned with dragons. It was the symbol of the reigning monarch and culminated in the golden Dragon Throne (龙椅, Long Yi). Back then, you would have to kneel low on the ground (kowtow) in reverence. Now, you can just bask in its full view in appreciation amidst the throng of tourists.
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