Two Years in the Forbidden City

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Two Years in the Forbidden City by The Princess Der Ling with photography by Xun Ling. "Princess" Der Ling, 德龄 (1885 – 1944) was a Manchu, the daughter of Yu Keng, 裕庚. Yu Keng was a member of the Manchu Plain White Banner Corps(正白旗) and according to his daughter was a Lord. Yu Keng's daughters Der Ling and Rong Ling (1882–1973, the future Madame Dan Paochao of Beijing) therefore got a western education, having studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan. Upon return from France, Der Ling became the First lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi, as well as a translator. Der Ling had a brother, Xunling (ca. 1880–1943), who studied photography in France and later took the only photographs of Empress Dowager Cixi still in existence. Der Ling wrote down her unique experience in court in her memoirs Two Years in the Forbidden City, which were published in 1911. "Two Years" gives historical insights into... More > life at court and Der Ling's service to the Dowager Empress, essentially a world that has disappeared.< Less
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June 24, 2014
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