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On this tour, walk around the beautiful lakeshores and garden hillsides of the Summer Palace while discussing the life and legacy of the Empress Dowager Cixi.
On this walking tour, we’ll learn about the The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the famous Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) she built and ruled from. The Empress Dowager Cixi is one of the most notorious figures in Modern Chinese history. For nearly a half-century, she used her cunning and connections to rule China. As we meander along the beautiful lakeshores and garden hillsides of her magnificent palace, we will discuss the life and legacy of this fascinating historical figure. We’ll consider the reasons behind her scandalous reputation and look at the final years of the Qing Dynasty, the last empire to rule China.