An old Chinese proverb says that the reign of every emperor starts when he dons his new robes. The imperial robes of the last Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) lend legitimacy to this proverb.
During the Yongzheng era (1723-1735) of the Qing Dynasty, there was a principled and unselfish official named Ye Cunren who served as a government administrator for over 30 years.
Emperor Kangxi dealt with government affairs only in the morning. He worked for short hours. As ruler, he efficiently used his diplomatic and military skills to create allies and stabilize the country.
Giuseppe Castiglione (July 19, 1688-July 17, 1766) was an Italian Jesuit Brother, a missionary in China, and a painter at the Royal Court of the emperor, having a marked influence on Chinese painting.
In 1974, when a group of farmers were digging a well in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in the northwest of China, little did they know that they were about to unearth the key to one of of the greatest and most…
If the Yantze River and the Yellow River are said to be a giant’s veins, then the Great Wall of China is no doubt the sword of the giant, protecting the great Middle Kingdom.
The longest reigning emperor in China’s history was Emperor Kangxi, who ruled for 61 years. Following the death of his father, Emperor Shunzhi, at the age of 22 from smallpox, Aixinjueluo inherited the throne on February 7, 1661 at age 7.…
The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing Empire. He was also regarded as a model Confucian official.
Nurhaci, the founder of the Qing Dynasty, established the Eight Banners. Initially, there were only four colored banners that represented four different military units: yellow, white, blue, and red.
Once upon a time in Qing dynasty, there was a young man who was brought up in an aristocratic family, and was engaged to the daughter of a rich man when he was still a child. However, the young man’s…