Bower of enchanting scenery


Bower of enchanting scenery

Bower of enchanting scenery (Lijing xuan)

The kiosk of enchanting landscapes is in the western annexes of the inner courtyard. It is said that during the last years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when Empress Dowager Cixi was in the Forbidden City, she lived here and gave birth to Prince Zaichun who was later enthroned as Emperor of Tongzhi (1862-1874). In 1884, the 10th year of the reign of Guangxu (1875-1908), Empress Cixi settled there again to celebrate her 50th lunar birthday. It was at this moment that this pavilion was renamed "Belvedere of enchanting landscapes" and a mini-stage was built inside. Now the belvedere looks like it was when the last emperor Puyi (1909-1911) lived in the inner courtyard. There are Western-style furniture, piano and tableware.

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