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Forbidden City to open new area

Updated: 2012-04-23 09:32
( China Daily)

The Palace Museum in the heart of Beijing, more popularly known as the Forbidden City, will open its Huangji Palace to the public before the May Day holiday, the museum said on Friday.

Huangji Palace, built in 1689, was used to hold ceremonies for emperors after they finished handling State affairs.

According to a statement of the museum, the refurbished palace will open to the public only during major holidays, including the May Day and the National Day holidays and summer holiday.

The Palace Museum will adjust the palace's opening hours in accordance with weather conditions to protect the safety of its cultural relics, the statement said.

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