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Notes on the Geography of China: The Grand Axis of Imperial Beijing: Photo 22

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Behind the Hall of Supreme Harmony but still on the north-south axis: the Hall of Complete Harmony (Zhonghedian). Although used occasionally for audiences and as a stopping place between the two other audience halls (namely Supreme Harmony (in the background) and Preserving Harmony (Baohedian), behind the camera and to the right) the Hall of Complete Harmony was used primarily during the spring agricultural rites, when the emperor left the Forbidden City and ventured to the Altar of Agriculture, west of the so-called Temple of Heaven. Before doing so, he stopped here to collect his tools, including a yellow plow, a golden basket for seed, a yellow whip, and a harrow.

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