Hall of Abstinence

The Hall of Abstinence

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Hall of Abstinence is located on the western side of the temple. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, emperors and their ministers used to hold three-day fasts there in spring, summer and winter every year before conducting religious rites. In August 1986 the Hall of Abstinence was converted into an exhibition hall containing sacrificial relics. Some 300 relics including utensils and instruments, are on display for the first time. Most of these relics are from the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). They are placed in the original order in which they were used in a sacrificial ceremony.

There are flags used during dances and two sets of percussion instruments called bianzhong made of bronze, and bianqing made of jade

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