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Forbidden City
Hall of Supreme Harmony 太和殿

There are a pair of cranes on the terrace in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony 太和殿 (Tàihé Diàn). When cranes are shown in a pair they are a stronger symbol of longevity. The black crane is the longest lived, over 600 years. A pair of black cranes implies immortality. Cranes can also mean determination, wealth, and power if they are depicted among a stand of pines.

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