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The Burning of the Imperial Palace


In an epic story that strives for grandeur but falls short in its conservative pacing, the 17-year-old daughter of a senior official at the Chinese court is the focus of attention. In the middle of the 19th century, she was chosen to serve the imperial family in the palace in Beijing. When the emperor hears her singing one day, he becomes interested in the young woman and she quickly is installed as one of his favorite concubines. One year later, she gives birth to a son - the emperor's only male heir...more