Imperial Palace - The Taimiao Ancestral Temple
The Taimiao ancestral Taoist temple lies partly in and partly outside the Imperial Palace, originally having its own entrance to the street outside (a particularly attractive gateway as well), but is now only accessible from within.
Originally, this temple was part of the Sanguansi, located outside the Fujinmen, but in 1778, Emperor Qianlong decied he wanted to move it into the palace grounds. Unfortunately, there was little space left in the complex, and the temple had to be compressed and put into a far smaller space than would normally be allowed. As a result, there are no ancestor tablets stored in the imperial temple, but instead the east and west wings were used to store and display important succession papers and other religious documentation.
Nowadays, the temple feels cold and unloved, and although it gets a steady stream of visitors, it lacks a spiritual ambience, just as many Taoist temples do these days, sadly.