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Digitial exhibition of Forbidden City to open in Shanghai

Date: 2019.04.24 Author: Celia Tang

A digital exhibition of a former emperors' residence in the Forbidden City is to kick off on April 30th in L+Mall, which locates in Shanghai Lujiazui, according to the Palace Museum and Shenzhen-based cultural company Artron. Apart from Shanghai, the exhibition will also tour other cities in the future.


The digital exhibition will use virtual reality, and artificial intelligence among many other technologies to better show the fruits of academic research on the Hall of Mental Cultivation. The exhibition will digitally introduce the abundant collection of cultural relics to the visitors and provide interactive experiences to visitors. In order to offer a more immersive experience to the visitors, the Palace Museum developed the digital exhibition since 2017.


Yangxin Dian or the Hall of Mental Cultivation, is one of the most intriguing palaces in the Forbidden City. It was built in the mid-16th century during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was the residence of last eight emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Yangxin Dian now is closed due to the official renovation project. It is scheduled to finish in 2020 when the Forbidden City welcomes its 600th birthday.