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Two Years in the Forbidden City - Princess Der Ling

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TWO YEARS IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY
BY THE PRINCESS DER LING

FIRST LADY IN WAITING
TO THE EMPRESS DOWAGER

TO
MY BELOVED FATHER
LORD YU KENG

FOREWORD
THE author of the following narrative has peculiar qualifications
for her task. She is a daughter of Lord Yu Keng, a member of the
Manchu White Banner Corps, and one of the most advanced and
progressive Chinese officials of his generation. Lord Yu Keng
entered the army when very young, and served in the Taiping
rebellion and the Formosan war with France, and as Vice Minister
of War during the China-Japan war in 1895. Later he was Minister
to Japan, which post he quitted in 1898 to become President of the
Tsung-li-yamen (Chinese Foreign Office). In 1899 he was appointed
Minister to France, where he remained four years. At a period when
the Chinese Government was extremely conservative and reactionary,
Lord Yu Keng labored indefatigably for reform. He was instrumental
in reorganizing China's postal service on modern lines, but failed
in efforts to revise the revenue system and modernize the army and
navy, from being ahead of his times. He died in 1905.  The
progressive spirit of Lord Yu Keng was shown in the education of
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