A black-and-white photograph showing the Palace of Serene Longevity (Ningshougong 寧壽宮) in the Forbidden City (Gugong 故宫 or Zijincheng 紫禁城) in Beijing. The palace was the retirement home of Dowager Empress Cixi, who ruled China formally and informally from 1861 until her death in 1908.
The photograph is the 303rd of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Empfangsaal der Kaiserin. (DZ, MV)