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Forbidden City
Qianlong's Garden

This is one of the many buildings and gardens constructed for Emperor Qianlong's 乾隆 (Qiánlóng, 1711–1799) retirement in 1776. Emperor Qianlong resigned in favor of his son. He had sworn not to rule longer than the Kangxi Emperor 康熙 (Kāngxī, 1654–1722), his grandfather. His reign of 61 years from 1661 to 1722 makes his the longest reign in Chinese history. Qianlong reigned from 11 October 1736 to 7 February 1795. but continued to guide government during the reign of his son, the Jiaqing Emperor. It is one thing to want to honor your grandfather and another to give up power when you are healthy and active.

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Last update: January 2010
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