Emperor Qianlong's summer breakfast.

In the Forbidden City, the emperor’s meals were plain and lonely

  • He did not routinely feast on lavish meals, but instead had a balanced and plain diet
  • Qing emperors ate alone except during special ceremonies, without even family for company
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Emperor Qianlong's summer breakfast.
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Marcelo Duhalde

Marcelo Duhalde

Marcelo Duhalde joined the Post as its infographic designer in 2016, having worked previously as the deputy infographic editor at the Times of Oman. Duhalde has won more than 50 Society for News Design awards, 12 Malofiej medals, one Peter Sullivana's best of show (2015) and four gold medals at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers awards. His work has been published in several books, magazines, and infographic and data visualisation websites in Europe, Asia and the Americas.