Are there any historical sources for the "Cold Palace" inside a Forbidden City?

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Are there any historical sources for the “Cold Palace” inside a Forbidden City?

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The idea of a “cold palace” is a location where courtesans and nobles who have fallen out of favor with the emperor or leadership are sent to which is separated from the rest of the court as a form of punishment or exile. The term is largely used in modern literature and it seems as though although places like these certainly existed within the Forbidden City, it is not certain whether they were actually called “cold palaces”, or “冷宫” in this time.