Court Life in China

The Capital Its Officials and People

Published: 1909
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.1
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 1,158
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Genres: Travel, History
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Until within the past ten years a study of Chinese court life would have been an impossibility. The Emperor, the Empress Dowager, and the court ladies were shut up within the Forbidden City, away from a world they were anxious to see, and which was equally anxious to see them. Then the Emperor instituted reform, the Empress Dowager came out from behind the screen, and the court entered into social relations with Europeans.

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l condition of her parents was such that when a child she had to help in caring for the younger children, carrying them on her back, as girls do in China, and amusing them with such simple toys as are hawked about the streets or sold in the shops for a cash or two apiece; that she and her brothers and little sisters amused themselves with such games as blind man's buff, prisoner's base, kicking marbles and flying kites in company with the other children of their neighbourhood. During these early years she was as fond of the puppet plays, trained mice shows, bear shows, and "Punch and Judy" as she was in later years of the theatrical performances with which she entertained her visitors at the palace. She was compelled to run errands for her mother, going to the shops, as occasion required, for the daily supply of oils, onions, garlic, and other vegetables that constituted the larger portion of their food. I found out also that there is not the slightest foundation for the story that in her childhood she was so

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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2012.07.21
Dhle
*****

Beautiful book. It gives lots of details behind the scene of China rulers' life. Like previous review i found it is not easy to remember many characters mentioned in the book.

I just visited China and toured many places described in the book. I am very happy to find this book. It fills in the gaps that the local tour guide missed or propaganda/incorrect information.

Highly recommend this book

2005.11.25
Yee
****.

A great book for those that interested in China's history and development. Although the relations of the story and people are quite complicated but it gives a clear picture of the history including culture, buldings and etc.


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