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This 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.


The Legend of Lotus Spring Windows Emperor Xian Feng and Lotus Spring playing the Go Game
The Legend of Lotus Spring Windows The doors and window coverings look so similar that you may have trouble finding the entry spot
The Legend of Lotus Spring Windows The buildings are arranged around beautiful gardens and ponds
The Legend of Lotus Spring Windows Inside the Music Room, Lotus Spring plays the Qin as Feng watches and listens

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Alternate Titles

  • "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'Eté" -- French title

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User Reviews

Surely a Chinese love story could be more playable... Windows Oleg Roschin (181731)
A unique, bittersweet Chinese love story Windows Jeanne (76516)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Windows 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventurearchiv Windows Jul 30, 2000 75 out of 100 75
macHOME Macintosh 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Mar 29, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Quandary Windows 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
UHS (Universal Hint System) Windows Aug 18, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 2000 9 out of 100 9


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Emperor 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.

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