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Old 04-21-2008, 12:16 PM
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Who is the current pretender to the throne of China ?
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:56 AM
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Who is the current pretender to the throne of China ?

The current pretender to the throne of China is Heng Zhen (a son of Yu Yan, a nephew of Pu Yi and his designated heir) who is a descendent of the 5th son of Emperor Dao Guang, Yi Cong, Prince Dun (Pu Yi's uncle)
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Film of Pu Yi's State Visit to Japan

At the 1997 Yamagata Japanese film festival they screened a rather rare black and white silent film documenting the State Visit of Pu Yi (Emperor of Manchukuo) to Japan in 1935.

Here's the link:-
YIDFF: Past Festivals: '97: Screening List

I e-mailed them inquiring whether it was possible to get a copy of this on DVD (for private use), and they were very accommodating, my copy arrived just a couple of weeks later (cost was 5000 Yen). Anyway, it's a pretty amazing document. You get to see Pu Yi being greeted by Emperor Hirohito upon his arrival in Japan, and attending various official functions.

This must have been one of very few occasions when Pu Yi was captured on film whilst still an Emperor. Highly recommended!
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You can watch the beginning of the Chinese movie "The Last Emperor - Pu Yi's Latter Life" (1986) on youtube:-



Please note that this is NOT the famous "Last Emperor" movie by Bernardo Bertolucci, but rather a Chinese production directed by Lee Han Hsiang. It has been out-of-print for some time, fortunately I was able to acquire a used copy with a little effort.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:05 AM
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Perhaps Visitors to this site would like to visit the Polish royalty site. I just posted an artical covering some of these facts. "How did tiny Lithuania become such a powerful country"? Please, check my facts I am writing from memory and any criticism you might give would be welcomed. Thank you Chaz
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Do you know what happened with the last empress of China, Wanrong? I have heard that she dead in 1946!

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Old 08-07-2009, 01:59 PM
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What I juf found
Wan Rong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://www.gochinatravel.com/n243c147.aspx
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=67

Espejor, try just googling her.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:51 AM
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Who is the current pretender to the throne of China ?

The current pretender to the throne of China is Heng Zhen (a son of Yu Yan, a nephew of Pu Yi and his designated heir) who is a descendent of the 5th son of Emperor Dao Guang, Yi Cong, Prince Dun (Pu Yi's uncle)
Fascinating history!!!I will try and retrieve as much Imperial sites-history as possible during my visit to Beijing end of next month.
I very much look forward to that.I will stroll to every corner of the Forbidden City,for days,as it is so huge....

Meanwhile,China is celebrating it's 60th anniversary of communist rule.I am anti,I was at least for the way they practised it during Mao,now I think they are clever people,our Chinese friends,by introducing all we here take for granted slowly,little by little and it has become one of the most prosperous,Beijing's and Hong Kong's shopping areas make Fifth Avenue look like cinderella village,and Shanghai is of a different order all together.Must say,one might not agree on this that or another thing,but how does one handle 1.6 BILLION people?I honestly wouldn't know,so it is easy to critisize,and not giving an alternative.I'm very happy that there is colour back in the streets,clotheswise,it used to be all different shades of dark blue during Mao,awfull.

Tian'anmen Square:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...=15369&flush=1

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Do you know what happened with the last empress of China, Wanrong? I have heard that she dead in 1946!

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From 28-year-old be labeled a "Lenggong" until the age of 40 died, and Wanrong had that day were not as good as a ghost.Her real cause of death was not a "death", but the depletion of physical consumption, popular or even a little can be said to be "starved to death.
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Yes, she died in 延吉监狱/Yanji Prison, I believe from malnutrition and probably opium withdrawal.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:10 AM
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From the wonderfull series on the Forbidden City,or Purple City as it once was called :







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Old 11-02-2009, 11:17 AM
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Just beautifull.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:29 AM
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It is even more impressive and humbling in real then one would have expected,the Forbidden City,from Wumen and the Hall of Supreme Harmony to the utmost corner with the Well of the concubine Zhen who was drowned there by the eunuch Cui under the personal supervision of the Dowager-Empress Cixi as they insist there....,the Palace of Mental Cultivation to the three story opera Pavillion.I wandered through every courtyard,hall and path in the Imperial Garden...the Imperial Tea pavillion and the Imperial Palace Museum shop(s) ......

Moving,very moving,you do feel the history of this palace,you live it,you can almost touch it.Imagine,less then just 100 hundred years ago,this was the very heart of the Empire of the Dragon.Allthough,after the Boxer uprising a lot of the previous power that was wielded
from within its walls was lost as Cixi had to give in to change,to foreigners.

These foreigners build up Legation Street again,Dongxiaminxiang,at the south-east end almost of Tien'amen Square.
International Territory until the 1960's and most embassies were there,but also the Ministry of Rites,The Ministry of War etc etc.The street still oozes history,just a wonderfull mile-long stroll.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:54 AM
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Interestingly, the Forbidden City itself has least impressive collection of imperial treasures. It was pillaged by the European powers during the Opium wars and the Boxer Rebellion. The best artifacts were transported to Taiwan by the Kuomintang during the last civil war and are now housed in Taipei's National Palace Museum. A lot of what's leftover is furniture and larger objects that couldn't be moved. That might have been a blessing because those objects might not have survived Cultural Revolution had they stayed in Beijing. Luckily, they are doing extensive restoration and the city are impressive, as is the Summer Palace.
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Chinese archeologists have restored a dainty headgear unearthed from the tomb of a princess who lived about 1,200 years ago in today's northwestern Shaanxi Province. The headgear consists of nearly 400 tiny pieces of turquoise, amber, carnelian, pearl, ruby, gold, silver and several other types of precious metal.
The epitaph unearthed from the tomb where the headgear was found suggested it belonged to a princess named Li Chui, a fifth-generation offspring of Li Yuan, the founding emperor of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). The princess died of illness at 25.
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Chinese Ming Dynasty Heir is a Communist

Zhu Rongji, born October 1, 1928, is a descendant of prince Zhu Quan, the 14th son of Zhu Yuanzhang (reign name is Hongwu), first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, is a communist party official, and was premeir of China from 1998-2003

"According to a series of articles published last week in Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper, Zhu's family traces its ancestry to Zhu Quan, the 14th son of Zhu Yuanzhang, first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Ming Pao reported that several years ago, while on a visit to Anhui province, Zhu paid a private visit to the emperor's tomb near Fengyang."

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/mar/05/news/mn-25685?pg=3


Descended from Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Ming-dynasty Emperor (1368-98), the Zhu clan was a big landowner around Changsha in Hunan province, where Zhu was born in 1928. "The Zhu family was very rich," says Zhu Yunzhong, 66, a retired doctor and Zhu Rongji's cousin. "That caused many of them problems after the revolution--even myself."
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,990691-2,00.html
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Seanbenner,
Thanks for reminding about this interesting person. I'd like to add that Zhu Rongji was well known for his activities against corruption in China.
Zhu Rongji - Wikipedia article
"The common people said that as long as he was suppressing corruption, they weren’t afraid of death. Only he dared to reform the system, because of him they weren’t afraid of causing offence".
Full article - China Smack
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20,000 Chinese worship ancient Emperor's birth in central China

A grand ceremony is held June 8, 2010 in Suizhou City in central China's Hubei Province to worship the Emperor Yandi, an ancestor who is widely believed to be an initiator of crop planting and herbal medicine in ancient China.
Chinese from home and abroad participated in the ceremony held at Suizhou City, the birth place of Emperor Yandi on Tuesday. Emperor Yandi and Emperor Huangdi are believed to be ancestors of the Chinese people. - Xinhuanet
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Summer Palace displays records of palace history

Coinciding with China's Cultural Heritage Day on June 12th, Summer Palace has 470 valuable historical materials on display, all of which are related to the palace. This new exhibit is the largest one every displayed at the palace.
The 160 Chinese and foreign post cards depict palaces, temples, historical features and attractions at Summer Palace dating from the late Qing Dynasty to the founding of the Republic of China in 1911. The exhibit also contains six items depicting Empress Cixi, the empress of China near the end of the Qing Dynasty. - China.org.cn
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Zhu Rongji, born October 1, 1928, is a descendant of prince Zhu Quan, the 14th son of Zhu Yuanzhang (reign name is Hongwu), first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, is a communist party official, and was premeir of China from 1998-2003
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what is his lineage?

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