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The Hall of Clocks


Location: The Hall for Ancestral Worship (Fengxian dian)

The Hall for Ancestral Worship (Fengxian dian) served as an imperial family shrine during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This former center of imperial ancestral worship is now the Museum’s Hall of Clocks. Here clocks and timepieces from the permanent collection are regularly exhibited. 

    Enclosed by stretches of red walls in the northeastern part of the Forbidden City, the hall is approached from the Gate of Good Fortune (Jingyun men) on the east side of the quadrangle that is south of the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing men). The tall structure is roofed with glistening yellow tiles, and the spacious inner space provides for impressive displays. Additionally, a quaint coffee shop is conveniently located to the west of the Gate of Good Fortune (Jingyun men) to provide refreshment for visitors. 

    The tranquil Hall of Clocks exhibits the Museum’s collection of clocks and timepieces dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Currently on display are selected European and American mechanical clocks from the Qing imperial family collection. Other pieces on show include domestically manufactured clocks from Guangzhou, Suzhou, and the Imperial Workshop (Zaoban chu).

    The gallery requires an additional ticket (10 yuan/person) for admission.

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