Imperial Palace of Manchu State (Puppet Emperor’s Palace)

Imperial Palace of Manchu State (Puppet Emperor’s Palace) information

Chángchūn , China
5 Guangfu Lu
admission ¥80
Opening hours
8.30am-4.20pm, last entry 40min before closing
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Chángchūn’s main attraction is the former residence of Puyi, the Qing dynasty’s final emperor. His story was the basis for the 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci film The Last Emperor .

In 1908, at age two, Puyi became the 10th Qing emperor. His reign lasted just over three years, but he was allowed to remain in the Forbidden City until 1924. Subsequently, he lived in Tiānjīn until 1932, when the Japanese installed him at this palace as the ‘puppet emperor’ of Manchukuo. After Japan’s defeat in 1945, Puyi was captured by Russian troops. In 1950 he was returned to China, where he spent 10 years in a re-education camp before ending his days as a gardener in Běijīng. Puyi died in 1967.

Puyi’s study, bedroom and temple, as well as his wife’s quarters (including her opium den) and his concubine’s rooms, have all been elaborately re-created. His American car is also on display, but it’s the exhibition on his extraordinary life, told in part with a fantastic collection of photos, that is most enthralling. A taxi from the train station here costs ¥7.