Hall of Benevolence & Longevity, Beijing
This used to be a throne hall for handling state affairs. The building was burnt down in 1860 and rebuilt in 1886. Its name was taken from a Confucius doctrine - those who are benevolent can enjoy longevity. This is where Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu held court and administered state affairs. It is installed with the earliest electric light in China!
This was built in 1750 during the Qing dynasty.It was later named the Hall of Diligent Government when the Summer Palace was called the Garden of Clear Ripples.
This is also the place where Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu handle court affairs during their stay in Summer Palace.
This is the first palace you see when you enter the eastern gates of the Summer Palace...
To begin your tour, take the right to the Garden of Virtous Harmony. And after that come back and take your left to go to the gardens...