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Forbidden City
Hall of Central Harmony 中和殿

The central pavilion, shown above, is called Pavilion of Ten Thousand Springs 万春亭 (Wan Chun Ting). It is located on the mountain in Jingshan Park or Prospect Hill 景山 (Jǐngshān). During the Ming Dynasty it was the Garrison Hill and defended the northern approach to the Forbidden City. Normally you wouldn't want a mountain overlooking your city. It was one of the reasons for moving the capital from Nanjing. There were too many mountains that could be used by enemy forces to take a superior position. Jingshan Hill was manned by troops and served as both a defensive position and as a place to view the surrounding countryside and provide early warning or to examine the disposition of enemy troops.

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