“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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The Funeral of Dowager Empress CiXi, November 1908

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

The Empress Dowager CiXi died on 15 November 1908 in the Hall of Graceful Bird at the Middle Sea at Zhongnanhai. Her funeral was naturally a big deal. Here some pictures taken by a Dutchman, Henri Borel, who happened to be in Peking at the time…


The foreign ambassadors at Peking join the funeral procession

Mongolian camels carry tents to the internment site

The imperial bier (coffin) joins the procession

The imperial bier close up

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