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Forbidden City
Hall of Central Harmony 中和殿

Rounding the corner of the Hall of Supreme Harmony reveals the Hall of Central Harmony 中和殿 (Zhōnghé Diàn). It is also translated as the Hall of Middle Harmony and by some authors as Hall of Complete Harmony. Zhōng is the character for center, middle, impartial, and is a symbol of China. It does not mean complete. The Palace Museum uses both Central and Middle in their translations of Zhōnghé Diàn The inspiration for the name comes from the Doctrine of the Mean, a Confucian principle. "This Equilibrium is the great root from which grow all the human actions in the world, and this harmony is the universal path which they all should pursue."

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