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New Area Opened to the Public

Updated: 2016-10-12 16:36:49

29 September 2016—The Palace Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new area for visitors in the western part of the Forbidden City. The newly accessible area is a scenic walkway that connects the colloquially named Broken Rainbow Bridge (Duanhong qiao, also more properly known as the Leftover Bridge) to the entrance of the Palace of Compassion and Benevolence (Cining gong) complex. 

  This north-south passage provides visitors a unique experience within the Forbidden City. Other than magnificent palaces and halls and exquisite gardens, it encompasses sites of historic interest including the Broken Rainbow Bridge and the Grove of Eighteen Scholar Trees (Shibahuai) . This area features the Institute for the Digitization of the Palace Museum Heritage, which includes a theatre for viewing digital media productions. The theatre will be available for group showings in the near future.

  Additionally, the dome-structured icehouse (bing jiao) of the former imperial palace has been repurposed into a cafe serving coffee, tea, and Chinese refreshments and will soon open for business. The refreshment area is called the Bing Jiao Visitor Services Area after the Chinese name for icehouse (bing jiao).
  More areas are scheduled to open to the public within the year. By the end of this year, the Museum’s visiting area will be expanded to 76% of the entire acreage of the Forbidden City—an increase of 11% from last year.

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