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Story of Yanxi Palace
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Chinese延禧攻略
MandarinYán Xǐ Gōng Lüè
GenreHistorical fiction
Based onYan Xi Gong Lüe by Zhou Mo
Written byZhou Mo
Directed byHui Kaidong
Wen Deguang
StarringWu Jinyan
Charmaine Sheh
Qin Lan
Nie Yuan
Xu Kai
Tan Zhuo
Country of originChina
Original languageMandarin
No. of episodes70
Production
Executive producerYu Zheng
Production locationHengdian World Studios
Running time45 mins (TVCs times included for Vietnam)
Production companiesHuanyu Film
iQiyi
Release
Original networkiQiyi
Zhejiang TV
Original releaseJuly 7 (2018-19-07) –
August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)
Chronology
Followed byYanxi Palace: Princess Adventure

Story of Yanxi Palace (Chinese: 延禧攻略) is a Chinese historical series recounting the struggles of a palace maid in the court of the Qianlong Emperor. It was created by Yu Zheng, with original screenplay written by Zhou Mo, and later developed into a novel by Xiao Lian Mao. Starring Wu Jinyan, Charmaine Sheh, Qin Lan, Nie Yuan, Tan Zhuo and Xu Kai, the series premiered on iQiyi from July 19, 2018 to August 26, 2018. During its run it was streamed more than 15 billion times.[1]

Distributed in more than 70 markets worldwide, Story of Yanxi Palace has become a huge hit, especially in Asia. It was the most Googled TV show in the world in 2018, despite Google being blocked in Mainland China.[2][3][4]

A spinoff and sequel to the series, the 6-episode Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures, aired on Netflix December 31, 2019.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

During the Qing Dynasty, in 18th century Beijing, Wei Yingluo enters the court of the Qianlong Emperor, Aisin Gioro Hongli, as one of the palace embroiderers, in order to secretly investigate her beloved sister's mysterious death.

At first believing the imperial guard Fuca Fuheng to be the prime suspect, Yingluo schemes to approach his sister, the Empress Fuca Rongyin, and succeeds in getting transferred from her embroidery unit to the Empress's Changchun Palace as her maid. She learns that the Fuca siblings are innocent of the crime. Yingluo and Fuheng fall for each other.

Meanwhile, Qianlong's Consort Chun allies herself with Empress Fuca because of her crush on her brother.

Yingluo eventually catches the attention of Qianlong himself. Though Yingluo is not noble by birth and is illiterate, Empress Fuca teaches her how to read and write, and the proper etiquette and mannerisms for noblewomen. The empress saves her several times from punishment for probing too deeply into her sister's death. In turn, Yingluo helps Empress Fuca survive a series of maneuvers by her rivals. The two develop a close friendship.

In time, Yingluo discovers that her sister was raped by the son of the late Emperor Yongzheng, half-brother to the current emperor. To cover up the shameful act, the Prince's mother murdered Yingluo's sister. Yingluo successfully hatches a plot to kill the culprit. Empress Fuca feigns anger over Yingluo's defiance and banishes her to the palace's workhouse to allow Yingluo to escape a potentially more severe punishment from the Emperor. There, Yingluo befriends a conniving eunuch, Yuan Chunwang.

Without Yingluo, Empress Fuca falls victim to the machinations of Noble Consort Gao that put her in a coma. News reaches Yingluo, who visits Empress Fuca's chamber to sit by her mistress's side and care for her. Yingluo's devotion to Empress Fuca touches Qianlong even more. His own feelings towards her cause him to forbid Fuheng and Yingluo from marrying. Yingluo persists in her love despite various punishments from the emperor, but Fuheng backs down, causing the two to become distant.

Meanwhile, Consort Xian drives Noble Consort Gao to commit suicide. The emperor eventually relents on his tough stance towards Yingluo and allows her to return as maid to the Empress.

Empress Fuca eventually wakes from her coma and becomes pregnant again. She almost loses her life while giving birth to a son, who is immediately the target of assassination by Consort Chun. Consort Chun, stinging at Fuheng's rejection, strives to be the Emperor's new favorite and even bears a son, placing her in direct competition with the Empress. That New Year's Eve, Consort Chun murders the baby and a devastated Empress Fuca commits suicide out of grief. After her death, Yingluo is sent to live and guard over her mistress's grave at the Old Summer Palace. She stays there with Yuan Chunwang until during an imperial visit by Qianlong and his consorts to Empress Fuca's grave, Yingluo learns that Consort Chun was responsible for her late mistress's suicide, and was torturing another friend and fellow maid of the late Empress. She decides once again to enter the Forbidden City and exact retribution on the evildoers.

In order to achieve her goal, Yingluo skillfully charms Qianlong, becoming part of his harem, and is bestowed a title. She quickly rises through the ranks, toppling her rivals including the now Noble Consort Chun, and exposing her role in Empress Fuca's death, which leads to her death at the hands of the newly named Empress Hoifa-Nara. Yingluo's captivation of Qianlong brings her numerous threats, especially that of her former sworn brother Yuan Chunwang. At Empress Hoifa-Nara's direction, he reveals Yingluo is secretly taking birth control, revealing her true reason for entering the harem. Qianlong, who has fallen for her, instantly brands her out of favor.

Yingluo teams up with the Empress Dowager, whose own relationship with Qianlong has been put to the test because the Empress, who revealed that Qianlong was not the biological son of the Empress Dowager, but the offspring of Lady Qian, a Han Chinese consort of the late Emperor Yongzheng who had died under mysterious circumstances. It is implied that the Empress Dowager had killed Lady Qian out of jealousy for having a son and adopted Qianlong for herself for this reason. The two women once most dear to Qianlong go into self-imposed exile, leading to Qianlong feeling guilty for doubting his adoptive mother, who undeniably was the one who raised him for years.

A few years later, another threat in the form of newcomer Concubine Shun, a beautiful and cunning woman, calls Yingluo back to the Forbidden City. Yingluo sets out to reclaim Qianlong's favor, but finds herself befriended by her rival. But Concubine Shun has her own agenda. Framing Yingluo for attempted assassination, she teams up with Empress Hoifa-Nara to put Yingluo under house arrest. Nevertheless, Yingluo is able to reverse her situation, reveal Concubine Shun's treachery, and reclaim Qianlong's affections for her. Around the same time, Yingluo is discovered to be pregnant with Qianlong's child, much to the Emperor's happiness. Having reached stalemate at this point, Yingluo negotiates for a truce with the Empress on the condition that they both not harm any children of the palace in spite of the rivalry.

Yingluo, who also raises Fifth Prince Yongqi, goes on to bear two daughters and two sons over the next ten years, but one of her sons dies in infancy, and her health also slowly deteriorates.

A decade later, however, Yuan Chunwang, now Empress Hoifa-Nara's trusted servant, betrays his new mistress by causing a series of mishaps in the palace that destabilize her rule and affect her sanity. Yuan Chunwang gradually uses Prince He's, the Qianlong's half-brother, affection for the Empress to instigate a rebellion. They plot to sabotage the Southern river tour in order to seize power and, in Prince He's mind, free Empress Hoifa-Nara from her eroding position. One night, a band of rebels suddenly storms onto the royal vessel just as a fire engulfs the Empress Dowager's cabin, prompting Qianlong to charge into the flames to save his mother, seemingly perishing in the process.

The next morning, as Prince He gallantly appears to restore order from the overnight coup, Qianlong and the Empress Dowager emerge safely from a secret passageway designed by Fuheng and expose the plan of treachery. As it turns out, Prince He is betrayed by the Empress, who always loved Qianlong and wanted to use the rebellion to prove her devotion to her husband. Just then, Yingluo comes out of hiding under the protection of the Emperor's guards, the only consort to receive protection. This clear favoritism after all her years of devotion drives Empress Hoifa-Nara mad. In a fit of jealous rage, she cuts off her hair, a taboo in Manchu tradition, effectively cursing the entire Aisin Gioro clan.

After Qianlong sentences Prince He to confinement and the Empress is dragged away, Yuan Chunwang proclaims his innocence, only for Yingluo to reveal the real reason Yuan hated Qianlong so much. Yuan believed he was an illegitimate son of the late Yongzheng Emperor, because of the clothes belonging to Yongzheng that were left behind to his family. The Empress Dowager loudly denies this and claimed that he was an offspring of a bandit who killed Qianlong's birth mother Lady Qian and later raped Yuan Chunwang's mother, and asserted that the clothes belonged to Yongzheng were the same ones Lady Qian exchanged with Yongzheng and wore to distract the bandits. Her pity for his "wasted life", which she said Yuan Chunwang would have used to spend as a commoner who could marry and have kids, drives Yuan Chunwang, who instead was misled by a lie and thus chose to be castrated and enter the Forbidden City for revenge, into madness. Although Qianlong desired to execute the now insane Yuan Chunwang by lingchi for his crimes, the Empress Dowager however, suddenly asks for the emperor to spare him. When he protests, the Empress Dowager tells him to trust her this one time and it is implied that the she was lying about Yuan Chunwang's backstory to maintain peace in the family. Yuan Chunwang is banished to the hard labor department for life, never recovering his sanity.

Back when Wei Yingluo was being punished to work in the hard labor department, the then Noble Consort Xian had saved her life by ordering an Imperial Physician to attend to her after she collapsed from illness. To repay this kindness from long ago, Wei Yingluo pleads for leniency for Empress Hoifa-Nara, and she is permitted to keep her title, but loses her managerial authority in the imperial harem and all of the Emperor's affections. Prince He is given poisoned wine by the Emperor, who orders him to go back to his palace after drinking it to make it look like he died of an illness. With Prince He executed for his crimes, Wei Yingluo's revenge for her sister is finally complete.

She is elevated to the most highest title for a concubine, "Imperial Noble Consort" (second in rank only to the Empress) and given the authority to manage the imperial harem.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Wu Jinyan as Wei Yingluo, Noble Consort Ling (令)
    • Embroidery Maid → Maid at Changchun Palace → Maid at the workhouse → Maid at Changchun Palace → Maid at Yuanming Garden → Noble Lady Wei (魏)→ Concubine Ling → Consort Ling → Noble Consort Ling → Imperial Noble Consort → Empress (posthumously)
    • An upright, strong and cunning woman who is ahead of her time in terms of knowledge and reasoning. She enters the palace to investigate the murder of her sister. Here, she uses her innate skills to rise above the tangles of conventional palace rivalries and defeat her enemies.
  • Charmaine Sheh as Hoifa-Nara Shushen, Consort Xian (娴)
    • Consort Xian → Noble Consort Xian → Imperial Noble Consort → Empress
    • The second Empress of the Qianlong Emperor, initially a kind-hearted woman who desires only peace, she soon realizes that her kindness only results in her being stepped on. After her family's demise, she becomes a cunning woman who manipulates others for her own means.
  • Qin Lan as Fuca Rongyin, Empress Xiaoxianchun
    • The first Empress of the Qianlong Emperor. Kind, gentle and virtuous. A mentor of Yingluo during her stay in Changchun Palace. She deeply cares for Yingluo, considering her a younger sister.
  • Nie Yuan as Aisin-Gioro Hongli, Qianlong Emperor
    • The ruthless Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.
  • Xu Kai as Fuca Fuheng[7]
    • Leader of the imperial guards, younger brother of Empress Xiaoxianchun. He is a foil for the Emperor since he is a rather free man without the hamper of pomp and circumstance. In this way, he can be truer himself in love and life, and he maximizes the privilege by being upfront and forward in his feelings, without the hesitation and unease that clouds every step taken by his more powerful superior.
  • Tan Zhuo as Gao Ningxin, Noble Consort Gao[8]
    • The first mentioned Noble Consort of the Qianlong Emperor. Her palace strategy can be summed up as "the best defence is a strong offence."

Supporting[edit]

Qianlong's harem[edit]

  • Wang Yuanke as Su Jinghao, Noble Consort Chun (纯)[9]
    • Consort Chun → Noble Consort Chun → Second Attendant Su
    • Described as gentle, sophisticated, and talented by many, she is actually a supremely intelligent schemer. She initially acts as the loyal lackey and confidant of Empress Fuca, going so far as to deliberately avoid the Emperor's favour. Later, it is revealed that she was in love with Fuca Fuheng and that due to the machinations of her maid, she misunderstood his actions as returning her affections but being unable to act on them. The revelation of the truth turned her into a scorned woman. Due to her humiliation, regret, and Hoifa-Nara Shushen's sly instigations, she becomes ruthless on her quest for the Emperor's affections and power struggle to ensure her son becomes favored.
  • Jenny Zhang as Niohuru Chenbi, Concubine Shun (顺)[10]
    • Gifted to Emperor Qianlong as a diplomatic gesture by a Qing vassal state. She has the face of pure innocence and the heart of a shrew.
  • Lian Lian as Keliyete Ayan, Consort Yu (愉)[11]
    • Noble Lady Yu → Concubine Yu → Consort Yu → Nun
    • Gave birth to Qianlong's fifth son Yongqi. Timid and cowardly, she remains reticent about her abuse until Yingluo comes to her protection. In time, she learns to be quite a machiavellian as she sacrifices herself and takes down Yingluo's rival, Consort Chun. She ended up being banished to a Buddhist Monastery, while her son was placed under the care of Yingluo.
  • Xu Baihui as Lady Huang, Concubine Yi (怡)
    • Friend to Noble Lady Yu. An early victim of Noble Consort Gao.
  • Pan Shiqi as Lady Jin, Consort Jia (嘉)
    • Concubine Jia → Noble Lady Jia → Second Attendant Jin → Noble Lady Jia → Concubine Jia → Consort Jia
    • Daughter of a Korean minister. Underling of Noble Consort Gao and mother of the 4th Prince. To survive, she does Gao's dirty work and is there to take the fall for her. Her younger sister later enters the harem with a strong distaste for Yingluo and does not get very far. Moreover, younger concubine Jia is impulsive and pretensional.
  • Li Chun'ai as Nalan Chunxue, Consort Shu (舒)[12]
    • Noble Lady Shu → Concubine Shu → Consort Shu
    • One of the harem women who was very early handled by Yingluo and over the course of the series, she becomes comic relief.
  • Li Ruoning as Lu Wanwan, Consort Qing (庆)[13]
    • First Attendant Qing → Noble Lady Qing → Concubine Qing → Consort Qing → Noble Consort Qing
    • Quiet but self-assured, she is a little person who can effect big changes. She becomes Wei Yingluo's trusted ally and raises 15th Prince Yongyan.
  • Liu Lu as Lady Baarin, Consort Ying (颖)
    • Noble Lady Ying → Concubine Ying → Consort Ying
    • She seems to be a well-informed lady with good intentions and a conformist.
  • Wang Xinhui as Lady Chen, Concubine Wan (婉)
    • Timid and tactful lady, she obeys the rules.
  • Fu Xiaoyu as Lady Socoro, Noble Lady Rui (瑞)

Female servants[edit]

  • Su Qing as Hitara Erqing[14]
    • First maid to Empress Fuca → Madame Fuca
    • Historical prototype: Princess Consort Yehe-Nara, wife of Fuca Fuheng.
    • An opportunist who will not let morals get in the way of ambition. She marries Fuca Fuheng and turns into a crazy villainess struggling for the attention of her husband.
  • Jiang Zixin as Mingyu[15]
    • Second maid to Empress Fuca → First maid to Consort Ling
    • Outspoken but dim, she is loyal to Empress Fuca unreservedly, and later becomes Yingluo's reliable friend and co-conspirator.
  • Zhang Yixil as Jixiang
    • Yingluo's first friend in the embroidery unit. Got tricked by Linglong and met her death.
  • Gao Yu'er as Jinxiu
    • Jealous of Yingluo while at the embroidery unit and is later punished to hard labor. In the workhouse, she handed her tasks to Yingluo and tried to catch the attention of Yuan Chunwang.
  • Chen Ruoxi as Linglong
    • Yingluo's rival at the embroidery unit. She is sent to Ningguta because she left a needle in the Emperor's robe.
  • He Jiayi as Supervisor Zhang
    • Head of the embroidery unit and Yingluo's first mentor at the palace.
  • Zhang Tingting as Supervisor Liu
    • Head of workhouse. Pawn of the consorts in the schemes against Yingluo. Had her tongue cut.
  • Yin Xu as Fang Nizi
    • Second head of the embroidery unit who hates Yingluo. She is banished after framing Yingluo for having an affair with a guard. It is revealed that she had stolen Yingning's personal items.
  • Fang Anna as Zhen'er
    • Loyal maid of Empress Hoifa-Nara.
  • Ren Wanjing as Fangcao
    • Maid of Consort Yu.
  • Qian Chenjie as Ah'shuang
    • Maid of Concubine Jia.
  • Shi Yufei as Zhilan[16]
    • Maid of Noble Consort Gao. Arrogant and vulgar, she is ready to commit any crime for her master.
  • Chen Mo as Yuhu
    • Maid of Noble Consort Chun.
  • Deng Sha as Wei Yingning
    • Yingluo's deceased older sister. When Yingluo was born and thrown into the river, she rescued her and brought her up. As a seamstress, she changed her name to A'man to avoid naming taboo (as "ning" sounded similar to a character in Noble Consort Gao's personal name, Gao Ningxin). Yingning was raped by Hongzhou, Prince He and killed by Dowager Imperial Noble Consort Yu, who tried to cover up the rape incident and make it look like Yingning died of suicide. Her body was cremated and Yingluo kept the ashes among her possessions during her time as a servant before she scattered them down an abandoned well upon killing Dowager Imperial Noble Consort Yu as revenge.
  • Yang Jingru as Hupo
    • Maid at Empress Fuca's Changchun Palace. Thinking that she and Yingluo are essentially on the same level even after Yingluo's promotions, she becomes cheeky and is punished to hard labor. She reveals to Yingluo that Erqing had an affair with the Qianlong Emperor and that Erqing had deliberately told this to the late Empress Fuca to deal a heavy emotional blow after the death of her son Yongcong (which led the Empress to kill herself).
  • Zhang Tianyun as Zhenzhu
    • Maid at Empress Fuca's Changchun Palace. She later becomes Yingluo’s first maid and remains extremely loyal to her.
  • An An as Manao
    • Maid at Empress Fuca's Changchun Palace.
  • Zhao Mengjie as Feicui
    • Maid at Empress Fuca's Changchun Palace. Later, she served in Empress's Immortal Room in thr Forbidden City.
  • Gao Rui as Bailing
    • Maid of Dowager Imperial Noble Consort Yu. When the consort was alive, she advocated her interests. She stayed at Shoukang Palace and later served the Deposed Empress Hoifa-Nara.
  • Zhang Jie as Yizhu
    • Maid of Concubine Shun.

Male servants[edit]

  • Liu Enshang as Li Yu
    • Head eunuch and loyal servant of the Qianlong Emperor. He can read his master by his countenance and does not mind being the butt (literally) of his aggression.
  • Lawrence Wong as Hailancha[17]
    • Imperial guard and friend of Fuca Fuheng. Falls in love with Mingyu.
  • Wang Maolei as Yuan Chunwang
    • Mysterious person with a wicked mind. He believes that he and Yingluo are two of a kind, and will do whatever it takes to make her see it his way, whether or not she wants to.
  • Li Peng as Zhang
    • Head eunuch of the Old Summer Palace. He was responsible for capturing the two eunuchs trying to kill Yingluo. Seeming to embody the palace law.
  • Tan Xuqi as Cigiya Qingxi
    • A friend of Yingning who drew Yingluo into the Imperial Garden and framed her for seducing him. He was punished by the emperor.
  • Zheng Long as Xiao Quanzi
    • Yingluo's head eunuch.
  • Sun Di as Wu Shulai
    • Eunuch supervisor of the inner courts. Rival of Yuan Chunwang.
  • Chang Cheng as Desheng
    • Junior eunuch and assistant to Li Yu.
  • Yong Yi as Ye Tianshi
    • A talented physician who cured the Emperor when he had scabies.

Imperial Family[edit]

Production[edit]

Many of the film props and costumes are exquisitely made using traditional Chinese crafts that are dying out with few master-level experts remaining to pass on their skills to the next generation. The acquisition of these skills requires a lifetime commitment to perfect, since they are unsurprisingly labor-intensive, demanding a sharp eye and tireless hands in order to replicate in painstaking detail the exclusive nature of their beauty.

Velvet flowers (ronghua)[edit]

The velvet flower headwear used by the main characters was designed based on historical documents or antiques housed in the Palace Museum. Each adornment is created according to the characteristics of individual palace women. Zhao Shuxian, one of the few craftsmen still making velvet flowers, created all the headwear in the show using the art of making velvet flower (ronghua).[19] This technique dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and refers to the creation of not only floral displays, but also animal shapes made of silk on a twisted wire frame.[20]

Jeweled hairpins (tian-tsui)[edit]

Worn by the Empress and Consorts as status symbols of opulence, these are hairpins of a particular vibrant blue hue, made from the preserved feathers of the wings and back of the kingfisher bird.[21] The technique resembles cloisonné, and when inlaid with pearls and other gemstones, the jewels are especially eye-catching the way a peacock dazzles fanning its tail.

Soundtrack[edit]

Story of Yanxi Palace
Original Soundtrack (OST)
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 23, 2018
GenreMandopop
Ballad
LanguageMandarin
LabelDongyang Huanyu Film

The original soundtrack was released as an extended play on July 23, 2018. "Willows of the Palace" by Li Chunai was released independently from the album.[22]

A 70-track studio album titled The Story of Yanxi Palace TV soundtrack (延禧攻略 影视剧配乐) was released July 19, 2018, containing the instrumental music of the series composed by Chen Guoliang. The music was recorded in J Productions House, and features flute player: Tan Baoshuo, Violin player: Leslie Ryang, Pipa player: Liu Tuotong, erhu player: Huang Leting, and Li Junzhu as the female voice.[23] A total of 129 pieces were used in the show.

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Look (看)" (Opening theme song)Yu Zheng, Lu HuLu HuLu Hu4:03
2."Sighs of the Palace Walls (红墙叹)" (Ending theme song)Wang YaoguangWen KuiHu Xia4:30
3."The Sound of Snow Falling (雪落下的声音)" (Ending theme song)Yu Zheng, Lu HuLu HuLu Hu5:11
4."The Sound of Snow Falling (雪落下的声音)"Yu Zheng, Lu HuLu HuQin Lan5:05
5."Forgetting About Each Other (相忘)" (Ending theme song)Wang XiaoqianYang ChengyinSu Qing4:13
6."Willows of the Palace (宫墙柳)"Yu ZhengTan XuanLi Chunai4:13

In the Philippines, "Aahon" sung by JMKO was released under ABS-CBN Star Music and was the show's theme song.[24]

Reception[edit]

The series has generated buzz online for its engaging plot of a "Cinderella" tale with Chinese characteristics.[25] It set the single-day online viewership record in China with a total of 530 million views, and has attracted a cumulative over 13 billion views since August 2018.[26] The drama is the most viewed Chinese language drama of 2018.[2]

It was also the most Googled show on earth in 2018, despite Google being blocked in the mainland.[27]

Many viewers praised the story, because unlike the amicable heroines they were used to seeing, the main character Wei Yingluo fights fire with fire and outmaneuvers her opponents.[20] It also received praise for its well-developed characters and exciting interpretation by the actors, beautiful cinematography and intricate costume design, as well as its accurate portrayal of history and Qing-dynasty settings.[28][29] Owing to its success, there has been an increased number of visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing, which is where all the main characters in the show used to live in times gone by.[citation needed]

Ratings[edit]

Zhejiang TV CSM52 City Network 09:30-16:00 ratings[30][31]
Air date Ratings (%) Rank Audience share (%) Daily cumulative eps
September 24, 2018 0.253 (AM)/0.498 (PM) 1 8
September 25, 2018 0.330 7 3.787 4
September 27, 2018 0.319 6 3.853 4
September 28, 2018 0.354 5 4.316 4
September 29, 2018 0.285 7 3.780 4
October 1, 2018 0.593 8
October 2, 2018 0.615 8
October 3, 2018 0.689 1 7.317 8
October 4, 2018 0.694 1 7.474 8
October 5, 2018 0.603 1 6.202 2+ 6 (two rounds)
Second round
October 6, 2018 0.565 2 5.576 8
October 7, 2018 0.619 2 5.787 8
October 8, 2018 0.403 4 4.894 4
October 9, 2018 0.422 4 4.915 4
October 10, 2018 0.494 2 5.957 4
October 11, 2018 0.442 1 5.546 4
October 12, 2018 0.520 1 6.485 4
October 13, 2018 0.518 1 5.451 8
October 14, 2018 0.588 1 5.848 8
October 15, 2018 0.528 1 6.362 4
October 16, 2018 0.541 1 6.545 4
  • Highest ratings are marked in red, lowest ratings are marked in blue

Controversy[edit]

There was uproar in China after a Vietnamese website managed to acquire episodes not yet shown in China and asked visitors to the website to answer questions confirming their Vietnamese identity before the website loads. "This service is for Vietnamese people only. Please answer the following questions: To which country do the Hoàng Sa Islands (Paracel Islands) belong? Vietnam, China, Philippines or Japan?". The only correct answer to the question is Vietnam. Copies of the episodes were later removed from the platform.[32]

Censorship[edit]

On January 25, 2019, the Beijing Daily, an official government newspaper, criticized the program for failing to promote socialist values.[33] Four days later, on January 29, the Chinese government cancelled the program and similar programs such as Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace.[34] CNN and other media outlets quickly reported on this incident, calling it Chinese censorship.[35][36] A Hong Kong professor stated that the show was censored because it became too popular and defied social norms.[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 5th Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China Best Television Series Story of Yanxi Palace Won [38]
24th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Wu Jinyan Won [39]
Best Supporting Actress Charmaine Sheh Nominated
Qin Lan Nominated
2019 Golden Bud - The Third Network Film and Television Festival Most Influential Web Series Story of Yanxi Palace Won [40]
Influence of Recreational Responsibilities Awards Web Drama of the Year Won [41]
Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Telenovela/Soap Opera Won [42]

International broadcast[edit]

Region Network Dates Notes
Hong Kong
Macau
Singapore
Malaysia
Australia
United States
TVB Jade 6 August–6 October (Monday–Friday at 20:30). (Two episodes back to back on Saturday & Sunday at 20:30). Dubbed in Cantonese, 26 August and 22 September was not aired. TVB Jade aired at 20:30 on 1 October.
Malaysia Astro AOD
Vietnam HTV7 – Ho Chi Minh City Television 9 August–October 2018 (Monday-Friday at 17:00). Dubbed in Vietnamese.
H1 – Hanoi Radio Television 22 November 2018 – 20 February 2019 at 19:50:
  • Monday–Friday and Sunday (before 19 January 2019)
  • Every day (19 January–20 February 2019)
Aired on the Film for fans (Vietnamese: Phim truyện Dành cho người hâm mộ) time slot.

Original language with Vietnamese voiceover.

Edited to 77 episodes.[43]

Delayed on 25 November 2018[44] and from 4 to 7 February 2019.[45] Episodes 49 to the end aired every day.[46]

VTC1 March–13 May 2019 (at 17:00). Dubbed in Vietnamese.
Singapore Hub VV Drama 20 September–present (weekdays at 17:00). Original language with subtitles.
Mediacorp Channel U 8 March–13 June (weekdays at 22:00). Original language with subtitles.
Canada Fairchild TV 2 HD (FTV2HD) From 6 August (Monday–Friday). Vancouver (West) 4:30pm, 8:30pm & Toronto (East) 7:30pm, 11:30pm. Dubbed in Cantonese (TVB Version).
Philippines ABS-CBN (defunct) 27 January–5 May 2020 (cancelled broadcast on free-to-air, due to the network's shutdown because of expired franchise). Dubbed in Filipino.
Asianovela Channel (defunct) 1–30 June 2020 (cancelled re-run)
Kapamilya Channel November 2, 2020 – February 12, 2021 (complete re-run, via cable and satellite).
India Sony Entertainment Television TBA Dubbed in Hindi.
Indonesia RCTI TBA Dubbed in Indonesian.
South Africa M-Net TBA Dubbed in English.
United States CTI America From 3 September 2018 (weekdays) at 7:00 PM.
Repeat at next day 3:00 PM.
Original language with subtitles.
Japan Eigeki From 18 February 2019 (Monday–Friday at 21:00). Original language with subtitles.
Cambodia PPCTV Drama 10 From 10 March 2019 (Monday–Sunday at 11:30 & 19:30). Dubbed in Khmer.
Malaysia 8TV 16 September–22 December 2019 (Monday–Friday at 19:00). Original language with subtitles.
Malaysia Astro Prima TBA Dubbed in Malay.
Poland Polsat 1 TBA Dubbed in Polish.
Romania TVR 1 9 October 2019 – 28 January 2020 (Monday–Friday at 17:35) & 24 March–13 July 2020 (Monday–Friday at 17:00). Original language with subtitles.
Lithuania LNK 4 January–30 August 2020 (Saturday–Sunday at 17:45). Dubbed in Lithuanian.
Portugal RTP1 TBA Original language with subtitles.
Mongolia Asian Box (Mongolia) 5 June–10 July 2019 (Monday–Friday at 22:00). Dubbed in Mongolian.
Turkey TRT 1 TBA Dubbed in Turkish.

Sequel[edit]

On December 31, 2019, Netflix released a six-episode season, "Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures", which covers the marriage of Imperial Consort Ling's daughter, Princess Zhaohua[disambiguation needed], played by Wang Herun.[5]

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