Story of Yanxi Palace

I am late to the game on this, but perhaps you also were not aware of what looks to be a marvelous series to stream. In mid 18th century China, during the Qing dynasty court, our heroine, Wei Yingluo,  makes her way to the Forbidden City as a palace maid with the clandestine pursuit of investigating her older sister’s death. As Isabella Smith describers in her review in Apollo Magazine, “It’s like Game of Thrones, but with art instead of sex.”

Story of Yanxi Palace

And if that isn’t tantalizing enough, Smith continues “What sets Story of Yanxi Palace apart from similar historical dramas is its devotion to the decorative arts. This makes historical sense: the Qianlong Emperor was an insatiable collector, preoccupied with expanding the imperial holdings by any means (besides keeping a keen eye on sales of artworks and antiques, he was not above coercing his subjects to make him ‘gifts’ of their possessions). The interiors, their design inspired by historical documents and descriptions of the Forbidden City, are thick with objects specially crafted by artisans to replicate items in the imperial collections. ‘No TV show before us has put together so many intangible cultural heritage artifacts,’ producer Yu Zheng has claimed.

The Story of Yanxi Palace

As Smith explains, “From its heavily embroidered robes and carved jade to lavish lacquerwork and pottery, Story of Yanxi Palace is a feast for the eyes.” You can stream it on Amazon or Netflix!

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11 thoughts on “Story of Yanxi Palace

  1. Q Tips perhaps not best choice however clever for your blog, shows an insensitivity to a true horror lurking in our present lives – suggest you use a letter further into your title – or a whole word?

  2. Hi Stacey,
    As a multi-year faithful lover of your blog and videos, I am of the firm belief that art elucidates the varies paths that human society has gone down. Politicizing a name or society does not benefit moving us forward. I love “Q”!!
    Thanks for letting me spout. xoxoxo Mary

  3. Great information! I’ve been on the lookout for a good show. I’ll be watching Story of Yanxi Palace on Netflix.

  4. Just stumbled across this and can’t wait to watch as I am a huge fan of The Last Emperor. Thanks!

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