Is China’s New Year’s Gala as old as the Qing dynasty? Forbidden City discovery lifts curtain on imperial celebrations

Published: 11/01/2019
Is China’s New Year’s Gala as old as the Qing dynasty? Forbidden City discovery lifts curtain on imperial celebrations
Source: WWW.SCMP.COM

A discovery at the Forbidden City in Beijing suggests that Lunar New Year was just as big an entertainment event on the calendar for one Qing dynasty emperor as it is for hundreds of millions of TV viewers across China today. On Wednesday, staff renovating the Palace Museum’s Hall of Mental Cultivation, or Yang Xin Dian, found two copies of opera programmes from the reign of Qianlong (1735 -

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