Der Ling and Cixi, with eunuch Cui Yugui holding an umbrella for them, on Peony Hill at the Summer Palace in 1904. Der Ling looks visibly cold in the photo, but Empress Dowager was a great lover of outdoor activities regardless of the weather. Photos: Hong Kong University Press

Empress Cixi’s favourite princess Der Ling and what you didn’t know about her

The legendary princess, educated in France and exposed to Western cultures, served as Empress Dowager’s lady-in-waiting and interpreter

Topic |   Ancient China

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Der Ling and Cixi, with eunuch Cui Yugui holding an umbrella for them, on Peony Hill at the Summer Palace in 1904. Der Ling looks visibly cold in the photo, but Empress Dowager was a great lover of outdoor activities regardless of the weather. Photos: Hong Kong University Press
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