Hit costume drama boosts popularity of places in Palace Museum

By Li Hongrui | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-08-28 14:17
The red wall of the Palace Museum; a still from the drama series  Story of Yanxi Palace. [Photo/VCG;Mtime]

As the online costume drama Story of Yanxi Palace wrapped up Monday, it has become another popular small screen work featuring concubines in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) after the 2011 TV series Empresses in the Palace.

Based on palace intrigue, called gong dou, these dramas mainly center on fights among a group of concubines of an emperor.

Full of tricks, conspiracies, revenge and affairs, stories and dramas of this kind have spawned a whole new genre. Despite plethora of similar versions in recent years, the genre has not lost its appeal.

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