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Pavilion of the Purification Ceremony (Xishang ting)

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In the Pavilion of the Purification Ceremony, there is a twinsting water channel measuring twenty-seven metres long. It was designed in accordance with the verse of "a twinsting water channel for floating wine cup and enjoying the drinking festival" in The Preface for the Orchid Pavilion Gathering written by Wang Xizhi of the Jin dynasty(265-420). Modelling himself on Wang Xizhi, the Emperor and his ministers often sat along the channel composing poems and drinking.

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