DescriptionThis game brings to life a 19th century Chinese love story between an emperor and his mistress. You play in first person through the eyes of Xian Feng, emperor of the Manshu dynasty Qing, as he recalls memories of his time with his lovely concubine, He Han Qu, whom he affectionately named Lotus Spring.
Explore one of China's most historic and beautiful locations, Yuan Ming Yuan (the Garden of Perfect Brightness), where Lotus Spring spent her life after being banished to that place by the jealous Dowager Empress CiXi, the emperor's first wife.
Wander leisurely through lush Chinese gardens, flower-bordered pathways and authentically recreated buildings as the bittersweet story unfolds. You'll learn about the culture and traditions of China as a natural part of the storytelling. As objects are examined, collected and used you'll unlock Feng's memories of his relationship with Lotus Spring one by one.
The game employs still graphic backgrounds with QuickTime technology for motion and video cut-scenes.
- "荷花仙子：圓明園之濂溪樂處" -- Chinese spelling (Traditional)
- "梦回圆明园：寻幽濂溪乐处" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
- "Mystère au palais d'Été: le jardin légendaire des empereurs de Chine" -- French tag-lined title
- "Mystère au palais d'Été" -- French title
Part of the Following Groups
|Surely a Chinese love story could be more playable...||Windows||Unicorn Lynx (181681)|
|A unique, bittersweet Chinese love story||Windows||Jeanne (76447)|
|All Game Guide||Windows||2000||80|
|Adventurearchiv||Windows||Jul 30, 2000||75 out of 100||75|
|AppleLinks.Com||Macintosh||Mar 29, 2000||60|
|UHS (Universal Hint System)||Windows||Aug 18, 2000||50|
|PC Player (Germany)||Windows||Jun, 2000||9 out of 100||9|
There are currently no topics for this game.
ProtagonistEmperor Xian Feng of the Manshu dynasty Qing was a real person. That dynasty conquered China in 1644 and reigned there until the revolution of 1911.
In fact, Yuan Ming Yuan, or the Garden of Perfect Brightness, was destroyed by fire just two years after this story takes place, during the second Opium Wars. After it was set on fire, it burned for three days and three nights.
Related Web Sites
- Legend of Lotus Spring (Xing-Xing official web site)
- Lotus Spring Hints (Helpful hints for solving The Legend of Lotus Spring)
- Roadmap to Lotus Spring (Step by step walkthrough for the Legend of Lotus Spring with actual scenes from the game. Navigate to each area by clicking on the numbers from the beginning map.)
- UHSWeb Review (Legend of Lotus Spring Review on UHSWeb)
- Women-Wise - Games Women Play (Official publisher page)
- Zarf's Review (A Macintosh review of The Legend of Lotus Spring by Andrew Plotkin (February, 2000).)