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Trapdoors and Wells: The Great theatre Building is a three-storied structure, 21 meters high and 17 meters wide on the lowest floor. There are trapdoors above and below the floor for "Fairies" to descend from the sky and "devils" to rise up from the earth. There is also a well and five ponds under the stage for water scenes. Discover more...

Makeup tower
Connected with the stage was the makeup tower, a place for performers to put on makeup. It is also called backstage, in which an exhibition of colorful costumes for Beijing opera, a musical box, and an old piano are now on display.

  • Two rickshaws given by Japan as a gift to Empress Dowager Cixi, and a car presented by a high-ranking official named Yuan shikai are also shown here. But Empress Dowager cixi never used this car because she couldn't tolerate the driver sitting in front of her.

The Hall of Pleasure Smile
The Hall of Pleasure Smile stands opposite the stage at a distance of less than 20 meters (22 yards). This was where Empress Dowager Cixi enjoyed the performances. The gold lacquered throne in the center of the hall was a gift for Empress Dowager Cixi's 70 birthday.

Empress Dowager Cixi used to sit on a wooden bed by the window to watch the performances, Emperor Guangxu sat outside on the front porch to the left of the entrance and other high officials sat along the east and west verandas, which are changed to exhibition rooms now. In the hall there are four screens symbolizing the four seasons of a year. Peach blossom or peony stands for spring, lotus flower for summer, chrysanthemum for autumn and narcissus or plum for winter.

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