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6 July 2024

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6 July 2024

9:00 AM

China in Seven Banquets: A Flavourful History Thomas David DuBois

Reaktion, pp.296, 18

In February 1985 I had the good fortune to be a guest in Hong Kong at the Mandarin hotel’s 21st birthday celebration, a lavish three-day reconstruction of the sort of imperial banquet given during the Qing dynasty by the Kangxi emperor (1654-1722) and his grandson the Qianlong emperor (1711-1799). Kangxi started the custom of banqueting during his tours of southern China – he made six between 1684 and 1707.

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