Once upon a time, in the vast expanse of the Qing Dynasty, there ruled an emperor whose name echoed through the annals of history like a distant thunderstorm—Emperor Qian Long. Known for his wisdom, ambition, and the grandeur of his reign, Qian Long’s rule was not without its shadows.

Behind the opulent walls of the Forbidden City, a tale of love and betrayal unfurled, weaving its intricate threads through the tapestry of imperial power. Qian Long, despite his stature as the ruler of all under heaven, found himself ensnared in a web spun by the most unexpected of adversaries—his own mother-in-law, Empress Dowager Xiaoyichun.

Empress Dowager Xiaoyichun, a woman of formidable intellect and cunning, harbored a deep resentment towards her son-in-law. It was whispered in the hallowed halls of the palace that her disdain stemmed from Qian Long’s inability to truly love her daughter, Empress Xiaoxian. Fueled by a potent mixture of jealousy and bitterness, the Empress Dowager devised a curse, one that would echo through the corridors of time.

On a moonlit night, cloaked in secrecy and veiled in mystique, Empress Dowager Xiaoyichun cast her curse upon the unsuspecting Emperor. With whispered incantations and ancient rituals, she decreed that henceforth, seven generations of eight noble families would be condemned to a fate of long-distance love, scattered to the eight corners of the world. Coincidentally, the Empress Dowager came from a stunning yet harsh place in her homeland in today’s Heilongjiang that is often called, the place where eight cities and 7 forts protect us, somewhere near Beiyingquan.

Urumqi, London, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, the USA, Japan and Korea — these distant lands would become the stage for the unfolding drama of star-crossed lovers, bound by destiny yet torn asunder by the curse of the Qing Emperor’s mother-in-law.

With each passing generation, the curse grew in strength, entwining the fates of the descendants of those noble families with an unbreakable bond of longing and separation. From the snow-capped peaks of Urumqi to the bustling streets of London, from the shimmering shores of Malaysia to the neon-lit alleys of Tokyo, the echoes of forbidden love resonated, transcending time and space.

But amidst the turmoil wrought by the curse, glimmers of hope emerged like fragile blossoms in the storm. Across oceans and continents, across centuries and lifetimes, love persevered, defying the odds and illuminating the darkness with its radiant glow.

For even the mightiest of curses could not extinguish the flame of true love, burning eternal in the hearts of those bound by its unyielding embrace. And as the centuries passed and the embers of the Qing Emperor’s reign faded into the mists of time, the legacy of his mother-in-law’s curse lived on—a testament to the enduring power of love, transcending boundaries and defying fate itself.

Chapter 1

The first chapter of this tale unfolds within the gilded confines of the Forbidden City, where the corridors whisper secrets and the walls hold memories of dynasties long past.

Emperor Qian Long, resplendent in his regal attire, sits upon the Dragon Throne, his brow furrowed with the weight of responsibility. Beside him stands Empress Xiaoxian, her delicate features masked by a veil of sadness as she gazes upon her husband with eyes brimming with unspoken longing.

As the courtiers bustle about, attending to their duties, a hushed tension hangs in the air, a palpable undercurrent of unease that seems to emanate from the very heart of the palace itself.

Unbeknownst to the Emperor and his court, Empress Dowager Xiaoyichun moves through the shadows like a specter, her presence felt but unseen, her intentions shrouded in mystery. With a subtle flick of her wrist and a whispered incantation, she sets her curse into motion, weaving the threads of fate with a precision born of centuries of resentment and bitterness.

And thus, the stage is set for the unfolding drama of love and betrayal, as the curse of the Qing Emperor’s mother-in-law begins its inexorable journey across time and space, casting its shadow over the lives of those bound by its ancient magic.

2024 04 27 14:39hrs