Hall for Ancestry Worship (Fengxiandian)
|Hall for Ancestry Worship|
|Clock Exhibition |
Clock and Watch Gallery Photos
Clock and Watch Gallery
Shrines and statues in the Hall of Ancestry Worship were eliminated during the Cultural Revolution. The lobby has been expanded and the inner palace is approximately square. It is one of the exhibition rooms in the Palace Museum, namely, the Clock and Watch Gallery, exhibiting more than two hundred timepieces of different kinds, both domestic and foreign from the 18th century. Time pieces in China have a long history. Before the Qing Dynasty, sundials and clepsydras were the main timepieces. At the end of the Ming Dynasty or the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, mechanical clocks began to be introduced into China. In the eighteenth century, mechanical clocks were widely used in the imperial palaces. While reckoning time, these clocks brought motion to their decorative people, birds, and flowers. Those clocks and watches were not only useful timekeepers, but also pleasing entertainment and exquisite craftsmanship. To let tourists see how some of the clocks exhibited strike and how the persons, birds, and towers act, videos are available here. On most days a selection of clocks will be "played" at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 10|
|Opening Hours:||08:30 to 16:20 (Oct. 16 to Apr.15) |
08:30 to 17:00 (Apr. 16 to Oct. 15)
Go west back to the central axis, and see the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqingmen), the entrance to the Inner Court.
Go east to see the Palace of Tranquil Longevity (Ningshougong), a large building complex where the Treasure Gallery is located.
Further Reading: Virtual Guide of Forbidden City