Pictures of the TV show, Dream of the Red Chamber(红楼梦). It was shot in 1987 and was based on the same-name novel. The novel is a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature. Most Chinese consider it the greatest classical novel in ancient China. Almost every family watched this TV show back in 90s. It is a household word.

What impress people most is how much efforts the staff made for this TV show. They invited scholars and experts for reference of dressing of Han Chinese in Qing Dynasty. They selected actresses with utmost care. They trained these actresses for at least three years only to meet the demeanor and temperament of girls from aristocratic family in ancient China. For example, how to walk, how to sit, how to smile, and how to do calligraphy, these details mattered a lot. I personally think none of the TV shows about ancient China can compete with it. It’s still a fashion legend in China today.

And these actresses are truly classical Chinese beauties!

The story is set in late Ming Dynasty. The book was written in Qing Dynasty and implies the writers’s own experience during Qing Dynasty. Costumes are Ming Dynasty style


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East Coast Gazette has a terrible editorial focus and tends to use a lot of ALL CAPS but TOTALLY NOT BECAUSE OF HARRY POTTER. Stories in progress as well as snapshots will be listed in the "box full of snapshots" below, website archive for stories and assorted tomfoolery is glitterati.

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