Courtiers handle government affairs in royal offices in the Imperial Palace, Beijing. All are wearing court clothes and hats decorated with feathers.

Courtiers handle government affairs in royal offices in the Imperial Palace, Beijing. All are wearing court clothes and hats decorated with feathers.

A painting of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) displayed during a preview of an exhibition about Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) of the Qing Dynasty in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan Province.

A painting of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) displayed during a preview of an exhibition about Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) of the Qing Dynasty in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan Province.

By Yang Zuo, a painter in Qing Dynasty.  The painting depicts the city of Su Zhou under the reign of Emperor Qian Long who oversaw a new era of prosperity in the early years of the dynasty.

By Yang Zuo, a painter in Qing Dynasty. The painting depicts the city of Su Zhou under the reign of Emperor Qian Long who oversaw a new era of prosperity in the early years of the dynasty.

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