Must-see for Changchun travel - Puppet Emperor's Palace

Posted by ugfanfan on October 21st, 2014

Located at the northeast corner of Changchun, Puppet Emperor's Palace was the palace of Pu Yi, the puppet emperor of so-called Manchuria and the last emperor of Qing Dynasty (1638-1912). Pu Yi lived in the palace from 1932 to 1945 when Japan occupied the northeast of China through force and carried out fascist colonial rule. Now, it has become a main tourist attraction and a site for patriotic education of all Chinese people.
The last emperor-Pu Yi

The story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, is a sad tale of political intrigue, a story that was played out in one of China's most explosive periods of history. Pu Yi was manipulated from cradle to grave, making him the last of the Qing dynasty line. Under the strongly support of Empress Dowager Cixi, he ascended the throne at the age of three. However, he lost the position of being an emperor in 1912 after the 1911 Republican Revolution even did not get the real power. After remaining in the Forbidden City for some years, living the life of a breathing relic, he was expelled by the Nationalist Party (Guomindang) for his less than revolutionary past. With the help of Japanese, he moved to Jilin Province.

After Japanese invaded and occupied the Northeast of China, they found a so-call Manchukuo and made Pu Yi the emperor to pursue the policies of aggression against China. From 1932 to 1945, Pu Yi lived in the Puppet Emperor's Palace as nominal head of the state. Finally, he became one of Chinese citizen after years reforming and brainwashing. ,

The palace can be divided into an inner part and an outer part. The outer part was used for Pu Yi to deal with some government affairs, including Qinmin Building, Huaiyuan Building and Jiale Palace, garden, swimming pool, tennis court and golf course.

The inner part is daily life section for Pu Yi and his relatives. Jixi Building was the residence of Pu Yi and his empress Wan Rong. Tongde Palace is the residence of “Lady Fu” Li Yuqin. Now, the inner part has become Jilin Museum, exhibiting historical materials of Gaogouli, Bohai, the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) and the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234).

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