Forbidden City may open for night viewing

2016-01-01 00:55:44 GMT2016-01-01 08:55:44(Beijing Time)
Night view of the Forbidden CityNight view of the Forbidden City

The Palace Museum (also known as Forbidden City) in Beijing might allow visitors access for night viewing, Beijing News reports.

"It would be difficult to open all parts of the museum during this time," said curator Shan Jixiang, "but it's possible to do so with the digital gallery outside Duanmen."

The Palace Museum will step up its lighting program next year to let visitors enjoy a clearer view at night, Shan said.

Broken Rainbow Bridge in the east of the complex will open to the public next spring, with visitors using it to travel from the Hall of Benevolent Peace to the Hall of Martial Valor, according to the curator.

The bridge, Digital Museum, Service Centre and Eighteen Locust Trees area will form a good cultural landscape for tourists, it was added.

Visitors can experience the other three main halls still off-limits to the public – the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony – via Digital Museum displays.

In addition, the government is also trying to restore the landscape around Xihua Gate by pulling down parts of walls built in the '70s when the height of nearby Beijing Hotel exceeded the state-specified standard.

The Palace Museum served as imperial residence for the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. It marked its 90th anniversary this year.

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