A photo set juxtaposing the past with the present in the setting of one of Beijing’s most historical landmarks has gone viral on Chinese social media.
(First image) 1922: Puyi stands in front of Yanxi tang (Above) 1923: Wanrong in front of Xishang Pavilion
1917: Puyi at the Tianyi Gate
The project was a collaborative effort by the editors of the Forbidden City magazine, who dug through the archives for photographs of Chinese nobility and placed them side-by-side with modern day visitors in the same location.
The editors sifted through a collection of 40,000 vintage photos while making their selection. So far, they’ve released eight.
1924: Puyi and family at the Imperial Garden
1923: Puyi, Runqi and Puyi’s teacher Reginald Fleming Johnston posing at the Imperial Garden
Most of the old photos were taken between 1922 and 1924, and feature former emperor Puyi, his wives Wanrong and Wenxiu and their friends and servants, CCTV reports. This was after Puyi relinquished his throne in 1912.
The creators of the project are now working to release more photos from the Forbidden City and around Beijing.
1924: Wanrong, Wenxiu and Tang Shixia
The Imperial Garden in the 1920s
1920: A maid in front of Chuxiu gong