Home  Contact Us
  Follow Us On:
Advertising Advertising Free Newsletter Free E-Newsletter

Private museum on Princess Deling unveiled in Tianjin
Published on: 2009-06-24
Share to
User Rating: / 2

“Princess’ Mansion”, a new private museum, commemorating the fascinating and intriguing aspects of Princess Deling, born in late 19th century China, opened to public Saturday in Tianjin city.

This unique museum is the result of Zang Xiuyun’s determined efforts to reveal and share with the world the little known aspects of Princess Deling’s life, apart from showcasing some of the most unusual art pieces from all over the world.

Zang, who hails from Hong Kong, has arranged many valuable exhibits as display in the museum. Some of these exhibits have never been seen before in China.

Situated in the south street of Drum Tower, “Princess’ Mansion” is a typical quadrangle construction in the late Qing Dynasty style. Since it was the former residence of Princess Deling, during the reign of Emperor Guangxu, the name “Princess’ Mansion” came into being.

For the maintenance effort, Princess Mansion adhered to the original layout of old bricks, doors and windows. It was divided into several exhibition halls, themed with porcelain, calligraphy and paintings, and bronze wares.

The 258 articles on display represent the unique collection of Zang during the past 20 years, including some valuable cultural relics bought from different corners of the world.

The exhibits of the Museum bring people closer to Princess Deling’s legendary life, from her teenage life as a royal interpreter to her life as a writer in America after marriage.

Princess Deling was born in Wuchang of Hubei Province in 1886. Her father used to be an envoy in Japan and France and her mother was French.

Princess Deling had control over 8 foreign languages. When she returned to Beijing in 1903, she became the interpreter for Empress Dowager Cixi.

Due to her excellent work, she was adored by Empress Dowager Cixi and given the title of
“Princess Heshuo.” She was however forced to move residence from Beijing to Tianjin to avoid a marriage she did not wish to enter into.

Later in 1905, she went to Shanghai to take care of her ill father and never returned to Beijing thereafter.

In 1907, Deling married Thaddeus C White, vice consul of US Consulate in Shanghai, and went to America. During the years in America, Deling plunged into active writing and came out with her work, Two Years In the Forbidden City.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment

security code
Write the displayed characters

    Subscription    |     Advertising    |     Contact Us    |
Address: Magnetic Plaza, Building A4, 6th Floor, Binshui Xi Dao.
Nankai District. 300381 TIANJIN. PR CHINA
Tel: +86 22 23917700
E-mail: webmaster@businesstianjin.com
Copyright 2023 BusinessTianjin.com. All rights reserved.