Gate of imperial supremacy (Huangji men)
The gate of imperial supremacy is the first internal gate to Qianlong Palace, it is the gateway to the palace complex of quiet longevity (Ningshou Gong). This complex was built in 1771, the thirty-sixth year of Kangxi's reign (1662-1722).
On the opposite side of the door of Imperial supremacy is the decoration of 9 dragons (Jiulong bi), a large wall made of ceramic. The evergreen trees and cypresses are planted along the east and west sides of this gate, in a sort of double square. Composed of main arch, secondary arches and side arches, this door was built as a bridge. Its great momentum, its unique structure and its exquisitiness give it the title of the most beautiful gate of the forbidden city.
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