1.2 Cixi as a concubine of Emperor Hsien-Feng
Photo: Emperor XianFeng
By the time Cixi turned 17, she was one of the concubines of the Emperor Hsien-Feng, also known as the XianFeng Emperor of the Qing dynasty who reigned from 1850 until 1861.
Cixi was one of the many concubines and wives of Hsien-Feng, but the only one with whom he got a child, a son named …show more content…
The Taiping Army assault cities and stole land in the Yangtze valley, and its supreme and remarkable way shocked Cixi. The failure of Beijing, robbing and destroying of the “Old Summer Palace” and the incident of the loss of her husband Xianfeng let Cixi remember to the end of her life. She hoped that the Qing Dynasty was capable to oppose domestic conflicts and foreign anger. Therefore, she directly implemented whatever sort of suggestions that could save the Qing Dynasty from a crisis and other problems