Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912

Empresses of China's Forbidden City,

A fascinating look at the life and times of empresses in the Qing dynasty Empresses in the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) played an influential role in the imperial court and the cosmopolitan culture of their time. Offering compelling insights into the material culture, activities, and living spaces of Qing empresses, this lavishly illustrated book features over one hundred spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing—including large-scale portraits, court robes, and richly decorated Buddhist sutras—that bring the splendor of the Qing court to life. A series of insightful essays examines the fascinating ways that key imperial women engaged with art, religion, and politics. This unprecedented exploration of the Qing court from the perspective of its royal women is an important new contribution to our understanding of Chinese art and history. 

  • ASIN: 0300237081

In the Forbidden City (We All Live in the Forbidden City)

In the Forbidden City (We All Live in

"Readers become tourists as each page turn provides views into labyrinthine courtyards and palaces once reserved for imperial China's emperors (…) An impressive introduction to the Forbidden City." — KirkusServing as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China's most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life.This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous fold-out spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely."Readers receive a lavish tour of the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors and now a museum, courtesy of Chiu and the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, which he founded. Delicate line drawings highlight the architectural intri...

  • ASIN: 0989377601

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden

For centuries, China's Forbidden City has captured the world's imagination. With parts open to the public since 1925, nearly 8 million tourists flock there annually. Yet the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden—itself a “mini-Forbidden City” inside the Forbidden City—has remained sequestered from view. Dating from the 18th century, the Qianlong Garden was built as a retirement retreat for its namesake emperor, a visionary patron of the arts who designed his garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture, and nature. Now undergoing restoration thanks to a groundbreaking international collaboration, it is intended to be open fully to visitors in 2019. The Emperor’s Private Paradise gives an unprecedented and in-depth analysis of the garden and its extravagant imperial interiors. Essays offer an overview of the history of Chinese gardens and the extraordinary reign of the Qianlong emperor, while contextualizing the importance of the Qianlong Garden and its artworks. This lavishly illustrated volume is published to accompany a remarkable exhibition of ninety objects from the Qianlong Garden, many of them never seen before, including superlative examples of Qing murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, and jades. By illuminating this...

  • ASIN: 0300163894

Beijing and the Great Wall of China: Modern Wonders of the World (Around The World with Jet Lag Jerry Book 1)

Beijing and the Great Wall of China: Modern

Get set for Jet Lag Jerry! Join me as I take you on a whirlwind tour of the seven modern wonders of our wonderful world and beyond. Don’t worry, I’ll do all the hard work (the standing in line for visas and security, the shriek-inducing vaccinations, the twelve hour flights, the shoving of three days’ clothing for two types of weather into the confines of a carry on, the conversion of yuan or reals into dollars and back, the dysentery). You just need to sit back in the comfort of your sofa or bed or subway seat, wherever you happen to be reading this (though in the case of the subway seat, maybe ‘comfort’ isn’t the right word), and travel with me.First stop, Beijing, China, and one of the truly incredible modern wonders, the Great Wall. What delights of the Mysterious Orient did I discover there? What shocks lurk beyond public restroom doors? What flavors of potato chips startle the Western palate? How can you find somebody who speaks English? (It's easier than you think.) And, once you’ve hauled yourself up to the heights of the Great Wall, how on earth do you get back down? Read and find out!This is the first in an exciting series of travelogues, Around The World With Jet Lag Jerry. With photos!Newly updated after 2019 trip!

  • ASIN: B076YKWD1F

Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing (Travel

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample the city's most famous dish, Peking Duck; wander the ancient alleys known as hutong; and explore the world's largest palace complex at the Forbidden City; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Beijing and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing: Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Free, convenient pull-out Beijing map (included in print version), plus more than 15 colour neighbourhood maps User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time Covers the Forbidden City & Dongcheng North, the Summer Palace& Haidian, Beihai Park & Xicheng, ...

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  • ASIN: 1743215592

Fodor's Essential China (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Essential China (Full-color Travel

Ready to experience China? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Essential China travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of China, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to climb the Great Wall, explore the Forbidden City, or discover the Terracotta Warriors, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning! Fodor’s Essential China includes:• AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of China.• SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Chinese food, the Terracotta Warriors, and Chinese tea.• INSPIRATIONAL “BEST OF” LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more.• MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time. • MORE THAN 60 DETAILED MAPS help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. • BRAND NEW HOTEL AND RESTAURANT REVIEWS in major cities like Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Kunming offer options for every taste. • TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS: guides to getting around, saving money a...

  • ASIN: 1640971297

Twilight In the Forbidden City (Revised and Illustrated 4th Edition)

Twilight In the Forbidden City (Revised and Illustrated

This illustrated edition contains all original illustrations and a bonus previously unpublished chapter.As the British-born Tutor to the Dragon Emperor, Johnston was the only foreigner in history to be allowed inside the inner court of the Qing Dynasty. Johnston carried high imperial titles and lived in both the Forbidden City and the New Summer Palace. Twilight in the Forbidden City reflects his eyewitness accounts of the memorable events of the time. He provides an first hand account of daily life in the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace,and gives many detailed descriptions of ceremonies including Pu-yi's wedding. Johnston provides a good deal of anecdotal material for the last days of the Ch’ing Dynasty court before the 1911 Revolution He knew many of the active players in those events, and of historical significance are his observations on the Ch'ing court's political structure, and in particular the Nei Wu Fu or Imperial Household Department. If you are planning to travel to China, or want to understand China better, then this book is a must read as it provides an eyewitness account of the events of period! A 'must read' for anyone interested in China!

  • ASIN: B004IATA86

You Wouldn't Want to Be in the Forbidden City!: A Sheltered Life You'd Rather Avoid

You Wouldn't Want to Be in the Forbidden

This fun and interesting, interactive series will enthrall young readers by making them a part of the story. Readers will become the main character and can revel in the gory, dark, horrific side of life throughout important moments in history. Humorous Handy Hints that relate directly to the text are provided on each spread. You (the reader) are an English gentleman eager to join a group of settlers planning to start a new colony in the New World. You have heard the tales of previous expeditions and want to get your hands on some of the fabled riches that are found there. As a member of the colony, you will get an insider's look at the history behind some of the previous expeditions, what you pack for the long journey across the Atlantic, how the first few years at Jamestown were difficult because no one knew how to farm, and how the colonists interacted with the native Algonquians. After reading this book there will be no doubt in your mind that this is definitely a settlement you'd rather not start.

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  • ASIN: 0531187497

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden

Thousands lived in the Forbidden City when it was imperial China's center of power and the world's most extravagant palace. With the exception of the eunuchs, only one of those thousands was an adult male--the emperor himself. From 1420 to 1912, the occupant of the dragon throne within this palace determined the fate of China and, indeed, of Asia. Here history was made. In 1405, when emperor and architect Yongle planned the city of Beijing, he decreed that it be laid out in accordance with his astrologer's symbolic conception, with open space and buildings corresponding to specific parts of the human body. The high, vermilion palace walls, by keeping the emperor hidden, enhanced his mystique and glory. The location of the Forbidden City itself is linked to the position of the Pole Star. This chronicle richly blends history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations and takes the reader through 500 years of life in imperial China. The Forbidden City's supreme political significance is described through the main events of an emperor's ceremonial life. Drawing on the reminiscences of palace eunuchs and maidservants, The Forbidden City evokes the secret, stultifying world of the Inner Court, where the emperor and his concubines lived their private lives until the ...

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  • ASIN: 9622175902

The Forbidden City (Wonders of the World)

The Forbidden City (Wonders of the

Read supplementary material prepared by Geremie Barmé Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series (Part I and Part II) The Forbidden City (Zijin Cheng) lying at the heart of Beijing formed the hub of the Celestial Empire for five centuries. Over the past century it has led a reduced life as the refuge for a deposed emperor, as well as a heritage museum for monarchist, republican, and socialist citizens, and it has been celebrated and excoriated as a symbol of all that was magnificent and terrible in dynastic China’s legacy. The Forbidden City’s vermilion walls have fueled literary fantasies that have become an intrinsic part of its disputed and documented history. Mao Zedong even considered razing the entire structure to make way for the buildings of a new socialist China. The fictions surrounding the Forbidden City have also had an international reach, and writers like Franz Kafka, Elias Canetti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mervyn Peake have all succumbed to its myths. The politics it enshrined have provided the vocabulary of power that is used in China to the present day, though it is now better known as a film set or the background of displays of opera, rock, and fashion. Geremie Barmé peels away the veneer of power, secrecy, inscrut...

  • Brand: Brand: Harvard University Press
  • ASIN: 0674027795

Lonely Planet Beijing (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Beijing (Travel

#1 best-selling guide to Beijing* Lonely Planet Beijing is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Scale the Great Wall, sip a cocktail in an historic alleyway, or go ice skating with the locals in Houhai; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Beijing and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Beijing Travel Guide: Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, hutong, architecture, religion, literature, visual arts, music, cinema, Peking Opera, festivals, cuisine, shopping Free, convenient pull-out Beijing map (included in print version), plus 30 colour maps Covers Chaoyang, the Forbidden City, Xicheng, Dongcheng, Sanlitun, Beihai Park, Wudaokou, Haidian, Dashilar, the Temple of Heaven and more ...

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  • ASIN: 1786575205

Dragons and Silk from the Forbidden City

Dragons and Silk from the Forbidden

Describes the ornate silk robes worn by the Chinese emperors and their courts, discusses the symbolism of the designs embroidered on them, and explains the techniques used

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  • ASIN: 9622174892

The Forbidden City Beijing China

The Forbidden City Beijing

With thousands of years of history, both kind and harsh to this World Heritage Site, the Forbidden City in Beijing China conjures images of Emperors, Princesses, Empresses, Unichs, and deeply personal politics. Harems and people, the known world was ruled from this spot under the Chinese Emperors since the Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The Forbidden City is always crowded; it is part of the Chinese People's history, and as such draws in people from all over the country. It is quite spectacular to wander through the Forbidden City and see the Chinese people stand on sacred ground that for generations was forbidden to all but the Emperors most trusted aides and family. This picture book looks at all of the Forbidden City, with over 100 full color pictures.


The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere)

The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from

Ethan and Ella find an ancient map and explore a Chinese palace in the fourth book of Greetings from Somewhere, a chapter book series about mystery, travel, and adventure.From the Great Wall to the dumplings, Ethan and Ella love China so far. And the Forbidden City in Beijing doesn’t leave anything to be desired, either! When the twins get separated from their parents, however, they get do some exploring on their own. As they are wandering, the twins happen across an ancient-looking scroll that appears to have a map on it. Being the mystery-solving duo they are, Ethan and Ella attempt to navigate the map...but they get lost in the palace. There are thousands of rooms, and they all seem to look the same! Will the twins figure out where the map is leading them? And will they ever make their way out of the Forbidden City? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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  • ASIN: 1481402994
  • UPC: 001481402994

Landmarks of the World: Color Your Way from Barcelona to Beijing

Landmarks of the World: Color Your Way from

Put your own creative spin on renowned architectural masterpieces! Landmarks of the World lets you color in famous religious buildings, museums, seats of government and commerce, castles, and more across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. From the the ancient grandeur of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, to the iconic spires of Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, every single creation is inspirational. A concise description with fascinating facts about the structure’s design and history accompanies each illustration.

  • ASIN: 145470991X

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum,

Part of the first exchange agreement between China’s Palace Museum and an American museum, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from Palace Museum, Beijing accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. More than 200 works of art drawn from the collection of the Palace Museum―court paintings, furniture, costumes, sculpture, decorative objects, arms, and armor―highlight the artistic accomplishments of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, with a focus on the mid-Qing dynasty of the 18th century. In addition, the book features a number of works selected from VMFA’s collection. These magnificent artworks, all reproduced in full color, illustrate the splendor of the Forbidden City and offer an intimate look at its rituals, religion, and daily life.

  • ASIN: 1934351075

Juanqinzhai in the Qianlong Garden: The Forbidden City (World Monuments Fund)

Juanqinzhai in the Qianlong Garden: The Forbidden City

One of the five most important interiors to survive China's imperial past, Juanqinzhai was largely in a state disrepair until 2003 when a restoration project began

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  • ASIN: 1857595467

The Analects (Penguin Classics)

The Analects (Penguin

‘The Master said, “If a man sets his heart on benevolence, he will be free from evil”’The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one’s fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual’s supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.This edition contains a detailed introduction exploring the concepts of the original work, a bibliography and glossary and appendices on Confucius himself, The Analects and the disciples who compiled them. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by d...

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  • ASIN: 0140443487

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the

Here’s the sixth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers. Alvin, an Asian American second grader who’s afraid of everything, is taking his fears to a whole new level—or should we say, continent. On a trip to introduce brand-new baby Ho to relatives in China, Alvin’s anxiety is at fever pitch. First there’s the harrowing 16-hour plane ride; then there’s a whole slew of cultural differences to contend with: eating lunch food for breakfast, kung fu lessons, and acupuncture treatment (yikes!). Not to mention the crowds that make it easy for a small boy to get lost.From Lenore Look and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a drop-dead-funny and touching series with a truly unforgettable character.“Shares with Diary of a Wimpy Kid the humor that stems from trying to manipulate the world.” —Newsday   “Alvin’s a winner.” —New York Post

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  • ASIN: 0553520555

The History of China in 50 Events: (Opium Wars - Marco Polo - Sun Tzu - Confucius - Forbidden City - Terracotta Army - Boxer Rebellion) (History by Country Timeline Book 2)

The History of China in 50 Events: (Opium

☆ Chinese History in 50 Events ☆As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China has a vast, rich history. In order to assist with the study of Chinese history, this book has been broken down into a series of straightforward, easy-to-read vignettes. Inside you will read about...✓ The Great Flood✓ The Great Wall is begun✓ The Terra Cotta Army is created✓ Gunpowder is invented✓ Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution ✓ Marco Polo travels to China✓ The Forbidden City is completed✓ First Opium War✓ SARS outbreakAnd much more! This book will provide in-depth insights into some of the most important events in Chinese history while providing an overall context within which these events took place. Designed as an introductory overview of Chinese history, this book is the perfect resource for those who are seeking to expand their knowledge of China and world history.

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