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The Qing 清 (1636-1912), China’s last dynasty, existed for nearly three centuries. Qing emperors ruled a vast realm that was a blend of different religions and cultures. Qing books reflect the diversity of the empire and reveal global connections made through trade, diplomacy and idea exchange.

Through books, scrolls and artworks from the Rylands’ Chinese collections, explore the languages and cultures of the Qing empire through new research funded by The University of Manchester, with support from the Confucius Institute.

Items on display

  • Get up close to a huge 24-metre scroll showing bustling Beijing street celebrations for Emperor Kangxi’s birthday.
  • Discover Qing emperors’ European-designed palaces and gardens that were a fusion of styles and knowledge.
  • Explore a multilingual empire through Qing items in Manchu, Tibetan, Arabic and Hebrew.

Admission is free however all visitors must book a timed entry ticket to manage capacity and ensure visitors can keep a safe distance apart.

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