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bethmartell: movies list (▼) “The Banquet / …

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“The Banquet / Legend of the Black Scorpion"  (2006 – Dir. Feng Xiaogang)

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bethmartell: movies list (▼) “Hero” (2002 – D…

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“Hero” (2002 – Dir. Zhang Yimou)

changan-moon: The White Snake and Green Snake….

changan-moon:

The White Snake and Green Snake. 呼葱觅蒜

bethmartell: movies list (▼) “House of Flyin…

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“House of Flying Daggers"  (2004 – Dir. Zhang Yimou)

mingsonjia: Nirvana into Lolita  by 菇倒王子

mingsonjia:

Nirvana into Lolita  by 菇倒王子

how did the ming dynasty women style their hai…

how did the ming dynasty women style their hair?

Hi, thanks for the question!

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From 1368, after seizing power from the Mongolian-ruled Yuan dynasty, the Ming dynasty adjusted the rituals that did not conform to the customs of the Han people, adopting and restoring the systems and customs of the Tang and Song dynasties. The hairstyles of Ming women were not as rich as those of the Tang and Song, but nevertheless had their own unique characteristics. Below – Common Ming hairstyles:

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The early Ming inherited the hairstyles of the Song and Yuan. After the Jiajing period

(1522–66), women’s hairstyles changed significantly. The Taoxinji/桃心髻 was a fashionable hairstyle at that time. The hair was combed into an oblate shape, and the top decorated with flowers. Later, it evolved into a filigree knot, with the hair combed high & the dome decorated with precious jewels. The hairstyle had many variations as well. Below – Taoxinji in the Chinese TV series Dream of the Red Chamber:

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Another popular Ming hairstyle was the

Diji/狄髻, a small wig-hat in the shape of a pyramid & decorated with ornaments:

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The Diji developed from the special hairstyles and crowns of the Song, and was worn

by married women for formal occasions during the Ming. It was often made of silver wire, gold wire, horsetail, silk, hair, paper, fabric, etc. The outside was usually covered with black yarn, which was shaped like a cone and covered the hair on top of the head. A large variety of jewelry could be attached to the hat, the number depending on occasion and preference. For more examples, please see my Diji tag.

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Mo’e/抹额 were forehead/hair bands that originated from the Spring and Autumn/Warring States periods, and were most popular during the Ming dynasty. Women wrapped the bands around their forehead, and the fabric in front was usually decorated with embroideries and/or jewels. Below – Mo’e in Dream of the Red Chamber:

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Finally, we can’t discuss Ming dynasty hairstyles without mentioning the gorgeous Fengguan/凤冠 (phoenix crown) worn by Ming noblewomen for ceremonies and formal occasions. It was also the traditional headwear for Ming brides (including common-folk):

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Fengguan were adorned with a variety of ornaments: phoenixes made of inlaid kingfisher feathers, as well as gold dragons, beaded pheasants, pearls, and other gemstones. The numbers of phoenixes, dragons, and precious gems on each crown was different, depending on rank. For more examples, please see my Fengguan tag.

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Of course, there are a lot more Ming women’s hairstyles that I haven’t covered, but this does describe some of the most popular and iconic Ming styles. For more references, please check out my Ming Dynasty tag.

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Hope this helps! (Illustration Via)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

relatetonothing: I stopped searching for the …

relatetonothing:

I stopped searching for the heaven we promised each other 
That heaven is the place where I once loved you (x)

凉凉 – Chill

fwoopersongs:

As night falls and temperatures lower, flowers that fell to the ground are frosted over;
you watch from afar, till the last rays of the setting sun have dimmed.
Even without deliberate thought, we cannot forget.

Those flourishing peach blossoms now lie frozen; how could you bear to leave your life behind?
This heart drifts in the vast ocean, seeming not to ache, to yearn, to struggle –
all an illusion.

In the chill of the night, my longing for you overflows like a river,
and transforms, sheltering me as soil nurtures life in spring.
These fleeting years that brush past, fill the sleeve of my beloved,
like petals of fragrant blossoms carried by running water.

Heaven’s Will is coldly delivered; light shimmers upon that beautiful figure.
Down in the mortal realm, I grieve and sorrow;
those calamities were simple to endure, the tragedy of love impossible to overcome.
Can a heart, broken long ago, hold the hatred belonging to a previous life?

Hatred belonging to a previous life…

*
Once, the frost shone on my hair, once, a lamp was lit for you.
The years pass long and slow, how can I waste all that time away?
I leave to wander, I leave in exchange for growth.

Those flourishing peach blossoms now lie frozen; this life is beginning to burn.
With one flower brought into the heart, our figures were paired for eternity,
by the water’s side.

*
In the chill of the night, my longing for you overflows like a river,
and transforms, sheltering me as soil nurtures life in spring.
These fleeting years that brush past, fill the sleeve of my beloved,
like petals of fragrant blossoms carried by running water.

Heaven’s Will is coldly delivered; light shimmers upon that beautiful figure.
Down in the mortal realm, I grieve and sorrow;
those calamities were simple to endure,

the tragedy of love

impossible to overcome.
Can a heart, broken long ago, hold the hatred belonging to a previous life?

*
Three lives lived in despair pass like a dream;
years flitted by, tears dried in the wind.
If all we can have are memories, but never recognition,
then let this affection scatter like ashes to the ends of the earth.

This cold is felt even ten miles away, when will the verdant spring return?
Beneath the tree, a single lamp remains lit in the wind.
Flowers pine for love that the flowing water cannot return;
never let resentment born from gratitude or hate that springs from love, chill that flower’s pure heart.

My wish is for a life free of suffering.

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Story of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略)

naanima:

“Story
of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略)”
is a 70 episodes palace drama set in 18th century Beijing. It is the
story of Wei Yingluo, a young woman who enters the court of the Qianlong
Emperor, as a seamstress/servant to find out the truth behind her older
sister’s murder.

This show is worthy of your time for the
duration of the full 70 episodes. Unlike other dramas (Rise of Phoenixes so
disappoints) Yanxi Palace is fast paced, every two to three episodes shit goes
down and get resolved while the main arc continues on in the background. It is
beautifully shot, edited with excellent cinematography. The cast is excellent
across the board. And the women, oh gods, the women are amazing.

Wei Yingluo is smart and cunning, and 100%
committed to vengeance and retribution. She discovers information that led her
to believe that the imperial guard Fucha Fuheng was her sister’s killer. So,
our badass female lead set herself up to be noticed by his sister the Empress
Fucha. Her mission is a success and gets transferred to Changchun Palace as a
maid/servant to Empress Fucha. Except the longer she interacts with the Empress
and Fuheng the more she realises the two are actually really good people. She
basically ends up worshipping the ground Empress Fucha walks on, and starts to
fall for Fuheng.

Here is Empress Fucha; she is kind,
intelligent and beautiful. She teaches WYL how to write, read and try to teach
WYL how to be kind and righteous person, um, with relative success. WYL worships the ground she walks on, and will CHOOSE HER OVER ANYTHING AND ANYONE. Like, screw the men, this is her true love. I kid. Sort of.

Here is her brother Fucha Fuheng. He is
righteous, smart and strict, but there is a sense of humour hiding beneath his
pretty face. He and WYL theoretically have the tragic romance, but they are SIGNIFICANTLY different than other tragic romances because BOTH OF THEM ARE STILL INTELLIGENT. They recognise their position and their responsibilities and WYL’s vengeance. All women either love or hate him. We love the character, the
actor is currently up in the air.

WYL ends up running into Emperor Qianlong
on several occasions, all of them leading to the Emperor coming out of it the
loser. So, you can imagine the Emperor is not exactly a fan of WYL. But she is
saved  from punishments through her
smarts, luck and the fact she is the Empress’ favourite.

Here is Emperor Qianlong. I fucking love him, he isn’t technically likable but he is an Emperor. You go through eps where you
hate him and then eps where you want to hug him. At the end of the day he is
the Emperor and that influences everything he does and how he reacts to the
world. Half of my joy in the later eps is watching WYL and QL figure each other
out and their back and forth in an attempt to get the upper hand.

 Warning: Qianlong is not a nice person, he is
a good Emperor.

 Worthy of mention:

Hoifa-Nara Shushen, Consort Xian; the kind and neutral consort who doesn’t want to choose a side between the Empress and Consort Gao

 

I FUCKING LOVE THIS SHOW.

This show is beautiful from set designs to costumes to the damn lighting. The story is so damn fast paced, and I have never seen a female character like WYL on the screen before, that’s include Western media. Her single minded focus on vengeance and choosing the women in her life over the men is something so damn refreshing. I call her my little rage murder machine… except she is willing to wait for decades to pull her plans. WEI YING LOU!!!!!!  

I WANT TO WRITE A POST ABOUT EVERY CHARACTER BUT I DON’T HAVE THE TIME. 

IF YOU CAN ONLY WATCH ONE CHINESE DRAMA THIS YEAR, STORY OF YANXI PALACE IS THAT DRAMA.