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Chinese Imperial Court Life and Exceptional Rulers

By David Rosier

The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 was an important part of China’s history.  The day starts with an exploration of Chinese Imperial Court life in terms of structure and protocol and features the impact of regulated formal Court Costume worn by the Chinese Imperial Clan along with Civil and Military Officials. The day continues  featuring Emperor Qianlong who was considered as one of China’s most accomplished Emperors and seen as the most influential in the dynasty with regard to patronage of the arts and cultural developments.  Finally, the day finishes with a study of the Dowager Empress Cixi.  Considered a ruthless tyrant who halted the modernisation of China, she was later revealed to be an exceptional woman who seized power to save the dynasty.