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Zhong Shan Park And The Ancestral Hall

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.003.0021
Zhong Shan Park And The Ancestral Hall

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There are two parks, originally set up for imperial ceremonies, bordering each side of the Gate of Heavenly Peace. To the west is the main entrance for the Zhong Shan Park, so named in 1927 as a memorial to Sun Yat Sen. Upon entering the park from the south, a white marble pai lou with blue glazed tiles came across. Carrying on to the north, it then hits the Altar of Land and Grain. The Zhong Shan Hall is also discussed. The Imperial Ancestral Hall was built in 1420 as an exact replica of a similar temple in Nanjing. During the Ming dynasty, the Imperial Ancestral Hall housed the wooden ancestral tablets of the deceased members of the Ming imperial family. A walk along the imperial moat behind the Zhong Shan Park and the Imperial Ancestral Hall is especially enjoyable in mid-spring when the leaves of the willows have returned and the lilacs are in bloom.

Keywords: Zhong Shan Park; Imperial Ancestral Hall; Gate of Heavenly Peace; Sun Yat Sen; Altar of Land and Grain; Nanjing

Chapter.  4679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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