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The imperial court was decorated with colorful lanterns for the Spring Festival. In the Forbidden City, the areas with the most lanterns were the Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing gong) and the area around the Hall of Imperial Supremacy (Huangji dian). The Qing-dynasty (1644–1911) court stipulated five lanterns for the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing men), one each for the Gate of Solar Essence (Rijing men) and the Gate of Lunar Essence (Yuehua men), nine for hanging under the eaves of the Palace of Heavenly Purity, 136 for the colonnades, and 194 for the columns of the balustrades. Lanterns displayed in the palace were more finely crafted than those used by commoners; with an ornamented finial, imperial lanterns were embellished with tassels on four sides and at the base.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Zhuang Ying