Pavilion of mental cultivation (Yangxin dian)
Pavilion of mental cultivation
The Spirit Culture Pavilion (Yangxin dian) is the place where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) rested. Nowadays it is presented in its original state. A kang chair (hollow chair made of bricks and heated from below) was built in the main room. A throne was placed in the eastern secondary chamber; while in the second room, to the west contained this kang chair and a large wardrobe made of sandalwood and adorned with stylized dragon flying in the clouds. The rooms, at the very end of the building, were both furnished with kang beds on which the emperor could sleep.
Five side rooms flank each side of this pavilion which has been served as a reception hall. The rooms served as temporary housing for people summoned by the emperor.
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