Palace of longevity and health (Shoukang gong)
Palace of longevity and health
The palace of longevity and health is in the western annexes of the inner courtyard. The construction of this palace lasted from December 1735 (the thirteenth year of the reign of Yongzheng) to October 1736 (the first year of the reign of Qianlong). It was Emperor Qianlong who ordered the construction of this palace for his mother, Dowager Empress Chongqing. Subsequently, it became the palace exclusively reserved for dowager empresses. After multiple renovations during the reigns of Jiaqing, Daoguang, Xianfeng and Guangxu, this palace remained unchanged in its general architecture.
The East Room was a throne room reserved exclusively for the Emperor when he visited the residence of the Empress Dowager.
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