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Concubines

Sex and lies from the Qing court

Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse edited by Derek Sandhaus Earnshaw Books

Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am

Dressed to shock

Chinese vampires might be everywhere this year as partygoers snap up the hottest Halloween gear.

The set, which comes with a long gown, a beaded necklace, a feathered hat and a pair of boots, has been sold out in most of the popular costume outlets.

Ng Wai-hung of Choi Chi Gift Shop in Mong Kok said the full set was his best-seller.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

De Ling and Empress Dowager Ci Xi

HK Repertory Theatre stages He Jiping's drama that centres on the friendship and conflicts between Empress Dowager Ci Xi and her westernised courtier De Ling, highlighting the customs, bureaucracy and corruption in the late Qing dynasty. Directed by Daniel Yang, the production stars Lisa Lu Yan (far left), Fredric Mao Chun-fai and Kenneth Tsang Kong (left).

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Empress

Empress

by Shan Sa

Harper Perennial, HK$120

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Empress

Empress

by Shan Sa

Regan Books, HK$202

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Taking a trip back to ancient times

Apart from the satisfaction that I get from my job, another good thing about being a teacher is having more holidays than the average worker.

For my Lunar New Year holiday, I revisited Beijing.

I returned for a very simple reason: Beijing is the kingdom of our origin.

Without Beijing's rich history, we in Hong Kong would never be where we are now.

3 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Tragic tale shines through in lavish production

Emperor Qianlong and Fragrant Concubine,

Hong Kong Dance Company

Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre

Ends today

Yang Mei, the company's assistant artistic director, deserves praise for choreographing an original work full of theatrical moments enhanced by lavish costumes, atmospheric lighting effects and an excellent score by Jia Guoping.

1 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

love is in the air

Historical figures not only shaped our past, but provide inspiration for stage entertainment. The Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) will stage Emperor Qianlong And Fragrant Concubine, an ethnic dance drama, beginning Friday.

The drama focuses on the relationship between Emperor Qianlong and Fragrant Concubine, an Uygur beauty who has an irresistible scent.

28 May 2003 - 12:00am

Time for a woman on Japan's throne

Japan's new Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has indicated his country might change its laws of succession so that a woman would be able to accede to the throne.

This is a good idea, as history has shown it does not matter about the sex of a monarch.

24 May 2001 - 12:00am

Imperial exhibition

Traditionally, China's empresses dressed to please the emperor, but the most powerful woman in the late Qing Dynasty - Empress Dowager Cixi - had her own ideas of how she should look.

You can see her personal effects at an exhibition - Empress Dowager Cixi: Her Art of Living - now at Sha Tin Town Hall.

31 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Beauty secrets that make up Empress Dowager go on show

The beauty secrets of Empress Dowager Cixi are to be revealed outside China for the first time at an exhibition which starts tomorrow.

The show Empress Dowager - Her Art of Living takes a close look at one of the most powerful women in Chinese history.

15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Concubine call

ALTHOUGH taking concubines was outlawed 24 years ago, a notice has been gazetted providing the basis for calculating payments to concubines from estates when their partners failed to leave a will.

18 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Remake fails to impress

IF you haven't yet made plans to go out, get on that din wa. The TV choice comprises old sport, the usual sitcoms, and a couple of formula prime-time movies. Time to get a life.

SILVER screen star Barbara Stanwyck gave one of her best performances in 1937 in the film Stella Dallas, playing a mother who sacrifices all for her daughter.

7 May 1993 - 12:00am