Forbidden City - Nine Dragon Screen Wall, Beijing

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    29) Nine-Dragon Screen

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    Nine-Dragon Screen, Forbidden City
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    When you reach the Nine-Dragon Screen, this is just the beginning palace in the far-east of Forbidden City. You will pass the Gate of the Norms of Government (Huangji Gate) to see Gate of Peace and Longevity (Ningshou Gate). Then the following gates and halls are in sequence: You need to pay extra Y10 to enter this part of the Forbidden City.

    Hall of Norms of Governments (Huang Ji Dian)
    Palace of the Peace and Longevity (Ning Shou Gong)
    Garden of the Palace of Peace and Longevity (Ning Shou Gong Hua Yuan)
    Hall of Joyful Longevity (Le Shou Tang)
    Hall of Harmony (Yi He House)
    The Well of Concubine Zhen (Zheng Fei Well)

    The signboard for Nine-Dragon Screen was written as :

    " This glazed screen wall facing Huang Ji Men (Gate of the Norms of Government) was constructed when Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty renovated the Ning Shou Gong (Palace of Peace and Longevity) area. There are nine dragons on the wall, hence the name. Nine Dragon Screen Wall has a double roof in wudian (thatched hall) style covered with yellow glazed titles, and sits on a white marble stone Sumeru base, 3.5 meters high and 29.4 meters wide. This wall is composed of 270 glazed decorative bricks. With seawater as the background, nine dragon are encircled by waves and clouds, and separated by six groups of rocks. A yellow dragon is in the center, and eight dragons in blue, white, purple and yellow dragons are on both sides. The dragon was the symbol of the emperor in ancient China. The roof has five ridges, each having a dragon, and the main ridge also has five dragons. Incidentally, Datong in Shanxi Province has a Nine Dragon Screen Wall built in the Ming Dynasty, and Beihai Park in Beijing has one constructed in the Qing Dynasty. "

    NEXT: Hall of the Norms of Government (Huangji Hall)

    In Chinese: 九龙壁 (Jiu Long Bi)

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    Nine Dragon Screen Wall

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    The Nine Dragon Screen is one of three famous Nine Dragon Screens in China. This is the largest and the best of them. The glazed tile screen was built in 1771 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, and is 3.5 meters high and about 30 meters long. Composed of 270 glazed tiles, it depicts nine writhing dragons playing with pearls against a background of the sea and clouds. The screen, figured in high relief, is coloured in gorgeous shades of yellow, blue, white and purple.

    The number of dragons is significant and symbolises the supremacy of the Emperor. Nine is the highest single number, while five occupies the mid-position between one and nine. Hence, the screen is illustrated with nine dragons, with five further dragons in the border.

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    Nine Dragons Wall at Forbidden City

    by SLLiew Written Sep 20, 2008

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    This is another must see Nine Dragon Walls in China.

    It is located at one of the Eastern Palaces of the Forbidden City.

    The usual tour guide question is whether anyone can spot which of the dragon head has been partially replaced with a wooden part.

    Each of the dragon has different color.

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    Nine Dragons Wall, Bei Hai Park

    by SLLiew Written Sep 20, 2008

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    In China, there are a few famous Nine Dragons Walls.

    This famous one inside Bei Hai Park is unique is that has nine dragons on both sides of the wall instead of just one side of the wall.

    A must photo opportunity for local and overseas Chinese tourists.

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    Nine Dragon Screen Wall

    by wwliu Written Jul 16, 2005

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    This glaed screen wall facing Huang Ji Men (Hall of the Norms of Government) was constructed when Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty renovated the Ning Shou Gong (Palace of Peace and Longevity) area.

    There are nine dragons on the wall, hence the name. Nine Dragon Screen Wall has a double roof in wudian (thatched hall) style covered with yellow glazed titles, and sits on a white marble stone Sumeru base, 3.5 meters high and 29.4 meters wide. This wall is composed of 270 glazed decorative bricks. With seawater as the background, nine dragons are encircled by waves and clouds, and separated by six groups of rocks, A yellow dragon is in the center, and eight dragons are on both sides. The dragon was the symbol of the emperor in ancient China. The roof has five ridges, each having a dragon, and the main ridge also has five dragons. Incidentally, Datong is Shanxi Province has a Nine Dragon Screen Wall built in the Ming Dynasty, and Beihai Park in Beijing has one constructed in the Qing Dynasty.

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    Nine-Dragon Screen

    by meteorologist1 Written Sep 24, 2003
    Jiu Long Bi (9-Dragon Screen)

    The Jiu Long Bi, or Nine-Dragon Screen is located on the East Route in the Forbidden City. It is a wall that depicts nine dragons playing among waves and clouds. It was carved and painted in fine detail. There's actually a more famous Jiu Long Bi in Beihai Park which is located just northwest of the Forbidden City.

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    Nine Dragon Wall

    by schwein Written Feb 15, 2008

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    The dragon was the symbol of the emperor in ancient China.

    This wall is covered with 270 glazed tiles, picturing nine dragons. It's 30 meters wide x 3 1/2 meters high.

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