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Old 06-14-2013, 12:48 PM
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Hello Tom. Re: June 2012 article; death, burial of the Dowager Empress Longyu, February 1913.The newspaper photo you attached is just what I was looking for to verify a set of original photos (12cm x 10cm) that I have. A few in set had been taken from the exact same perspective of various other stages of the procession.

I will send along the photos in the next message as the character limitations in this box are minimal. Do you think these are from the same procession? Thanks, Jay Lazarin -NYC-USA

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Old 06-14-2013, 01:05 PM
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death and burial of the Dowager Empress Longyu in February 1913.

Does anyone know if these photos are from the procession of Longyu? Thanks, J.L., NYC-USA
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:48 AM
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Hello Jay,

The second set of photos are related to the first photo. The very similar perspectives, the weather and the state of the trees in the background.
The branching of the trees are identical.

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Old 07-19-2013, 11:47 AM
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burial of the Dowager Empress Longyu, February 1913

Thanks much Victor. I kind of assumed that they were all from the same photographer's position at the same event. Another person's 'eyes-on' is a confirmation for me. Thanks again for the comments.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:14 AM
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The Forbidden City

Pics from my last trip there:

The Gate of Heavenly Peace at the Square by that name....

Duomen Gate,the 2nd of the Gates leading to...

The Wumen,or Meridian Gate

Golden River and Gate of Amilability leading to the Outer Court within the Forbidden City

Gate of Supreme Harmony

Gate of Supremem Harmony.Morning audiences were held here

Hall of Supreme Harmony

Elaborate detailed painting adornes all buildings within the Forbidden City

An overview...

Incense burners everywhere

Hall of Central Harmony,it was here that the Guanxu Emperor was captured by order of Empress Dowager Cixi

Throne at the Hall of Central Harmony

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:18 AM
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Imperial China

Hall of Preserving Harmony

Gate of Heavenly Purity,leading to the Inner Court of the Forbidden City

Palace of Heavenly Purity,and Throne

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:32 AM
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Imperial China

West alley,giving access to the Palaces of the West

The Palace of Gathering Elegance..yes,it could do that as it looks a tad delapidated...Cixi's residence while still a concubine but it was here that she gave birth to the Tongzhi Emperor.

Bronze pots are all over the grounds,the served in case of fire

Gift to the Emperor of China by Napolòn Bonaparte depicting the latters Coronation at the Notre Dame

And from the pavillion keeping the posessions of the Emperor Pu Yi,the last Emperor:

Books used by Pu Yi

Train once belonging to the Guanxu Emperor

A telegraph machine belonging to Pu Yi

And there was even that,even during Cixi's days

A Ryu,or Scepter,in a dusty corner of the Palace of Gathering Elegance:

Entrance to the Palace of Mental Cultivation

Massive Chrystal.It stood for clear government at the Palace of Mental Cultivation,Cixi's Residence as Regent and Dowager Empress.

Throne at Hall of Mental Cultivation

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:50 AM
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Imperial China


Pavillion in the Imperial Garden where Pu Yi received English lessons from Reginald Johnston

Sealed doors....

In the Imperial Garden is the Hall of Imperial Peace for Taoist worship

Pavillion in the Imperial Garden

ALL pics ar emade by me..just in case....

Ancient tree

Pavillion of Accumulated Beauty,the Emperor and his retinue went up there to relax and enjoy the views....

The Long Alley,leading from the Imperial Garden to the square at the Hall of Preserving Harmony

Doors to an undisclosed Palace

Gate of National Prosperity,leading to the Gate of Imperial Supremacy

The Nine Dragon Wall,one of three in all of China

Gate of Imperial Supremacy

Courtyard in front of the Palace of Imperial Supremacy

Detail of the gate

The Lions,always in a pair.One holding the globe under it's paw that stood for power,the other holding a cub that stood for fertility

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for the photos!
The Forbidden City is as magnificent as I thought it to be. The craftsmanship is superb.
"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill.
To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds.
And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo
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The revolutionary Empress - Books - Arts - London Evening Standard
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:27 PM
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Here's my review of Dowager Empress Cixi by Jung Chang

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang (Review) | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:34 PM
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Chinese Emperor Emulation


My friend's son wishes to emulate some of the most powerful Chinese Emperors throughout the ages in physical appearance. Are long toenails required for this effect or nonessential? Thank you in advance.


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@Lucien Thanks for your post and those terrific photographs of the Forbidden City. It is one of my (so far) unfulfilled ambitions to visit the Imperial City but unfortunately, i have got no further that Hong Kong. Once again, many thanks.
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I have recently read Keith Laidler`s biography of Empress Cixi and found it rather unsatisfactory in comparison to others. In particular, there is a reference that i find perplexing. In the third chapter, Laidler quotes Te Ling`s biography Two years in the Forbidden City writing "When the remnants of the Manchu court were finally expelled from the Forbidden City in 1924, three old women, forgotten wives of long-dead Emperors, were discovered still living in obscurity in the warren of dilapidated apartments " Now by my own reckoning, the Dowager Consort Jin had died earlier that year leaving only the Noble Consorts Jingyi and Ronghui, wives of the Tongzhu Emperor, as the last remaining former concubines. Have i made a mistake or has Ter Ling and if so, has Laidler added to his indifferent biography by not doing his research??? Any reply will be appreciated.

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