Hall of alignment with the Dao (Tongdao tang)
The pavilion of the alignment of the Dao is in the western annexes of the inner courtyard, it is at the back of the Palace of Universal Happiness (Xianfu Gong). In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) designated it as his occasional dwelling. The present furnishings present what it looked like at the end of this dynasty, with horizontal planks mainly inscribed by Emperor Xianfeng (1851-1861). Shortly before the invasion of British and French allied forces, Emperor Xianfeng ate his last meal here and resolved to flee.
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