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Yongyan (Jiaqing Emperor) - 13 November 1760 Emperor Chinese The Jiaqing Emperor was the ruler of China in 1806, when the Chinese Embassy to England brought back Temeraire with William Laurence and his crew of aviators. The emperor's companion dragon was Temeraire's uncle, a male Celestial (possibly Lung Tien Chu).


Temeraire, Celestial - Temeraire and William Laurence from Naomi Novik's series of novels of the same name.


Temeraire is the Oprah of dragons

“A moment between Laurence and Temeraire in Empire of Ivory, set in France just before they go back to England to face the charges of treason.”

Zhu Ling (Chinese, active ca. 1820–1850). Black Cat and Narcissus. 19th century | China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.129.3) #cats


Empress Gobele Wan Rong [c1920-1940] One of the sadder stories that arose from the end of the Qing monarchy was the story of Wan Rong, otherwise known as the Last Empress of China 婉容皇后. She was chosen at the age of 17 to marry a powerless monarch. This beautiful well educated girl from one of Manchuria's best families was to be turned into a wasted emotionally wrecked drug addict by her loveless marriage in 1922 to the last emperor of China, PuYi 溥儀.


The Qilin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a wise sage or an illustrious ruler. It is a good omen that brings rui (瑞) translated as serenity or prosperity. It is depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes misleadingly called the Chinese unicorn. Photoed by Jonas

Dutch and Chinese Ships in the Harbor at Nagasaki in Hizen Province - Utagawa Hiroshige II, March 1859 (Edo period)