Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 with attendants on Zhonghai Lake, Beijing, 1903. n one series of images—taken in the summer of 1903 at Zhonghai, a lake west of the Forbidden City—Cixi adopts the role of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion. She sits near an array of potted lotuses, before a painted backdrop of the Purple Bamboo Grove of Guanyin. Her attendants adopt the guises of the bodhisattva’s attendants.
Exactly 100 years after his death, it has finally been confirmed that Emperor Guangxu (1871-1908) was a victim of arsenic poisoning, though the murderer remains a mystery. The finding has been revealed by a research team in Beijing, based on a five-year study of the emperor's remains and the conditions inside and outside his tomb. The investigators included the Western Qing Imperial Tombs (Qing Xi Ling) administrators, China Institute of Atomic Energy and forensic science experts.
Li Yuqin (15 July 1928 - 24 April 2001), sometimes referred to as the "Last Imperial Concubine" (末代皇娘), was the fourth wife of China's last emperor Puyi. She married Puyi when the latter was the nominal ruler of Manchukuo, a puppet state established by the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Lady Gobulo, Empress Xiaokemin (13 November 1906 – 20 June 1946), better known as Empress Wanrong, was the empress of Puyi, the last Emperor of China and final ruler of the Qing Dynasty. She became empress of the puppet state of Manchukuo when Puyi was installed as its nominal ruler during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Zaixun Prince Zhuang of the First Rank (莊親王) of the Qing (24 Jan 1853 - 21 Feb 1901). Zaixun was born of the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan as the 2nd son of Yiren (奕仁), who was the 9th successor to the Prince Zhuang line (one of the 12 "iron-cap" princely lines of the Qing Dynasty). Born during the reign of the Xianfeng Emperor, Zaixun was initially granted the title of "Duke Who Assists the Nation" (輔國公) before inheriting the title of "Prince Zhuang of the First Rank" (莊親王) in 1875.
Prince Qing. Signitories of the Treaty from the Qing government included His Highness I-Kuang, Prince of the First Rank Ching, President of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Li Hongzhang, Earl of the First Rank Su-i, Tutor of the Heir Apparent, Grand Secretary of the Wen Hua Tien, Minister of Commerce, Superintendent of the Northern Ports, and Governor General of the province of Chihli. and His Highness Yikuang, Prince Qing first Prime Minister of the Imperial Cabinet.