Historical Information

Emperor Doaguang

Emperor Daoguang of Qing (1782 – 1850), posthumous title Xuanzong, was named Aisin Giorro Minning. He ruled from 1820- 1850 and died at the age of 69. He took over China during a difficult period. China was suffering from internal corruption with officials, and in the west foreigners were taking over, using opium to weaken the people. Click here to learn more.

Emperor Xianfeng

The Xianfeng Emperor, born Yizhu, was the eighth Emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, and the seventh Qing emperor to rule over China, from 1850 to 1861. After his death his concubine named Yi became the Empress Dowager Cixi, and ruled China from the sidelines for 47 years. Click here to learn more.

Emperor Tongzhi

Emperor Tongzhi (1856–1875), born Zaichun, was the ninth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the eighth Qing emperor to rule over China, from 1861 to 1875. He is the only son of the Emperor Xianfeng and the Empress Dowager Cixi. He held no real power, instead his mother ruled from the shadows. Click here to learn more.

Taiping Rebellion


The Taiping Rebellion was a civil war in southern China led by Hong Xiuquan. After the Opium War in 1840, conflicts between tenant farmers and landowners intensified. On January 1st, 1851, Hong Xiuquan began the Taiping Uprising, which took China and foreign countries by storm. The Taiping Uprising lasted for 20 years and covered 18 provinces. Click here and here to learn more about the Taiping Rebellion.

Yao Ethnic Tribe

The Yao people were officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China and reside in the mountainous terrain in the South. These areas are rich in mineral resources and are famous for great production in wood and medicines. They Yaos are known for their unique culture aspect of using long drums and having a language without written form. Click here to learn more about the Yao Ethnic Tribe. Click here to learn more about their lifestyle and click here to learn more about the Yao People’s festivals.

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