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Empress Dowager Tz'u-Hsi, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908. She emancipated herself from a mere concubine into a ruler that controlled China at that period. Despite of her ruthlessness, her ability to overcome obstacles, manipulate other people, and deal with foreign influences in order to rise to the top leave much to be desired.

Empress Dowager Tz'u-Hsi, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908. She emancipated herself from a mere concubine into a ruler that controlled China at that period. Despite of her ruthlessness, her ability to overcome obstacles, manipulate other people, and deal with foreign influences in order to rise to the top leave much to be desired.

Antique (1750-1820ca) These Chinese spectacles were influenced by foreigners  ($344)

Antique (1750-1820ca) These Chinese spectacles were influenced by foreigners ($344)

Overdress or robe à la française of Chinese floral-painted silk, with petticoat, English; Chinese, handpainted silk, edged with lace,  circa 1745-1750

Overdress or robe à la française of Chinese floral-painted silk, with petticoat, English; Chinese, handpainted silk, edged with lace, circa 1745-1750

Snuff Bottle, this would contain opium and would be sniffed by addicts. 1750 - 1820  Chinese, Imperial Palace Workshops of Beijing, mid-18th to early 19th century

Snuff Bottle, this would contain opium and would be sniffed by addicts. 1750 - 1820 Chinese, Imperial Palace Workshops of Beijing, mid-18th to early 19th century

The Qing Dynasty had some beautiful pieces of art. This piece is made of silk.  Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Date: 1750,

The Qing Dynasty had some beautiful pieces of art. This piece is made of silk. Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Date: 1750,

Zheng He's journeys took him to 37 countries over 28 years as part of the mightiest fleet that ever sailed, with 300 ships and 28,000 sailors. It wasn't until the First World War that a bigger flotilla took to the seas. The pride of the fleet was the flagship, Zheng He's treasure ship, a hardwood vessel with 1,000 men on board. He died in 1433, aged 62. His tomb, bearing the inscription "Allah is Great" stands at the southern outskirts of Niushou in Nanjing.

Zheng He's journeys took him to 37 countries over 28 years as part of the mightiest fleet that ever sailed, with 300 ships and 28,000 sailors. It wasn't until the First World War that a bigger flotilla took to the seas. The pride of the fleet was the flagship, Zheng He's treasure ship, a hardwood vessel with 1,000 men on board. He died in 1433, aged 62. His tomb, bearing the inscription "Allah is Great" stands at the southern outskirts of Niushou in Nanjing.