In the center of the Palace of Heavenly Purity is the lavish throne room. Notice the gilded wood panel etched with pairs of dragons playing with a pearl and topped with dragon carvings. The plaque over the throne reads, “Justice and Brightness.” These words were crafted by Yongzheng Emperor, the fifth ruler of the Qing dynasty. During his short reign from 1722 – 1735, he was a strong advocate for government reformation, religious freedom and prosperity. It was traditional for an emperor to write the name of his successor behind this plaque to be revealed upon his death.