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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.

Contributed by Jeanne (76455) on Apr 12, 2005. [revised by : Patrick Bregger (237113)]. -- edit trivia