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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.