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These shoes were used during the Qing dynasty. These shoes were smaller than usual as these are for the foot binding

These shoes were used during the Qing dynasty. They are really small because small feet were seen as a sign of beauty and this would make you desirable.

Woman’s Domestic Skirt  Late 19th Century   Qing Dynasty

Woman's domestic skirt (qun) Chinese (Han), Qing dynasty, late century China Dimensions x cm x 28 in.) Medium or Technique Silk damask embroidered with silk satin and knot stitch, applied silk ribbon.

A scene from the Chinese opera Farewell My Concubine, a story from 200 BCE, still performed in modern times.

During the and the 'Beijing Opera' evolved. Beijing Opera was a main entertainment at the time. The performers wore bright costumes and ecstatic makeup to show the personality of the characters.

Statue of Confucius at the Confucius Temple in Beijing The main belief system in China during the Qing Dynasty was Confucianism. Confucius was a philosopher and teacher who lived from 551 to 479 BCE in eastern China. He argued that people should live virtuous lives. They should respect their elders and rulers and do their best to fulfil their given roles in society

Statue of Confucius at the Confucius Temple in Beijing. The main belief system in China during the Qing Dynasty was Confucianism. Confucius was a philosopher and teacher who lived from 551 to 479 bce in eastern China.

An 18th-century painting of Chinese peasants planting rice

Agricultural society: of China lived in small villages and towns, or on rented land. They grew crops like tea, and made extra money by spinning or weaving cotton or silk, or making other handicrafts for sale at local markets.

A European merchant buying porcelain from a Chinese trader, 1724

Chinese Porcelain was one of China's biggest exports, a lot of wealthy Europeans wanted to have their family crest on Chinese porcelain. this photo shows Chinese merchants selling to Europeans

Chinese men having their ‘queues’ cut off after the fall of the Qing Dynasty

When the Shunuzhi Emperor first conquered China in 1644 and established Qing rule in China, he decreed that all Chinese men should wear their hair in the Manchu style to show their obedience to their new rulers.