I went to Beijing for my honeymoon with my wife recently. I was very very fascinated by the entire ancient Chinese emperor era after visiting the Forbidden City. Their amazing lives and their rich histories baffles me till today. Immediately after i came home, I bought and watch Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" all over again and did a lot of research and reading on the Internet pertaining to the emperors and empress of China. One name that kept popping up throughout my reading and research is Princess Der Ling.
I had not the previledge of reading the entire of her book (Two Years In the Forbidden City), but images and thoughts of a well-groomed, well-manner and fairy-tale like princess living in the times of ancient China while the monarchy is still at large haunt me. Partly I think her name and her book in written in English fascinate me the most. Also, her being a lady-in-waiting of one of the most politically 'dangerous' kingdoms of the world charmed me. Apart from that, how close she was to Empress Dowager Cixi actually sends tinggling down my spine (somehow I always fear and admire Cixi for her power and shrewd authority over the kingdom). My jaw dropped when i saw a photograph of Der Ling helping Cixi in a stroll down the Peony Hill!! She lived in an awesome era! And being photographed next to the most powerful woman of that time??!! Unbelievable!
I am very very touched and impressed with everyone's effort in tracking Der Ling's "post-forbidden city" life down. I think one of the thread author mentioned she found an autographed book by her. Did you buy it? Otherwise, where can i find it? I am keen to be the owner of this book.
The link of the actual book with photographs fascinates me till no ends. Check it out: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/DerYear/D...
I agree, she lived in a very vibrant and impressive era and her charisma charms me till today, almost 70 years after her death. I am also keen to know how one thread author knows so much about her life in LA and also her untimely death. Care to share with us?
Thank you everyone!
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