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Meet Cixi, China’s Last Empress

Cixi Taihou, known better as Empress Dowager Cixi, ruled China for 47 years between 1861 and 1908. Hailing from the Manchu Yehe Nara clan, she was selected as Emperor Xianfeng’s concubine during adolescence and grew up to be the most powerful person in China.  Ruling China After Cixi entered the palace as a concubine, her ...

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A painting of Empress Dowager Cixi.