“Han Meilin’s Art of Book in the Palace Museum” will be held at the main building of the Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum and the Xiyanchi Exhibition Hall from tomorrow until March 20, 2022. The exhibition uses Han Meilin’s “Book of Heaven” art as its element, and expands to various fields such as ink, ceramics, purple sand, printing and dyeing, wood carving, and iron art. According to the current epidemic prevention and control situation, and in accordance with the principles of appointment, current limit, and peak shifting, the exhibition will be admitted by appointment, with a full-day limit of 3,000 people, until the quota is full. Visitors can make real-name reservations using the second-generation ID card or passport information through the online ticketing website of the Palace Museum the WeChat account “The Palace Museum Audience Service” or the “Digital Forbidden City……
午門 MeridianGate is the southern and largest gate of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Unlike the other gates of the Forbidden City, the Meridian Gate has two protruding arms on either side, derived from ancient que towers traditionally used to decorate the main entrances of palaces, temples and tombs. The gate has five arches. The three central arches are close together in the main, central section; the two flanking arches are farther apart from the three central arches, and are located between the central section and the protruding arms. The centre arch was formerly reserved for the Emperor alone; the exceptions were the Empress, who could enter it once on the day of her wedding, and the top three scholars of the triennial civil service examinations, who left the exams through the central arch. All other officials and servants had to use the four side arches.
A series of buildings form the superstructure of the gate. The central one is a pavilion of nine bays wide, with double eaves. On each of the protruding side, a 13 bays-long building with a single eave connects the two pyramidal-roofed pavilions that represented the que towers.
Its superstructure is also called the “Five Phoenix Turrets” because it is composed of five buildings…… Imperial proclamations and almanacs were issued from the gate house. …..