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Currently Discussing: The Story of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略)

The drama follows Wei Ying Luo’s journey in the imperial palace during reign of Qian Long Emperor in the Qing dynasty (18th century China). Initially entering the palace to investigate her sister’s death, she soon finds herself entangled in the rivalries of the palace. The drama stars Wu Jin Yan as Wei Ying Luo, Nie Yuan as Emperor Qian Long, Qin Lan as the Empress Fuca, Xu Kai as the handsome Fuca Fuheng, Charmaine Sheh as Consort Xian. 


Premiering in 2018, this drama was the most popular drama that year both in China and overseas.  It propelled the careers of Wu Jin Yan and Xu Kai while also aiding the rest of the cast into a renaissance in their careers.


This podcast is in English with proper nouns and certain Chinese phrases spoken in Mandarin Chinese

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The Story of Yanxi Palace – Intro to the Drama


The Story of Yanxi Palace – Ep1: Welcome Back to the Palace


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The Story of Yanxi Palace


Key Characters

Wei Yingluo 魏璎珞/令妃

Consort to the Emperor and mother of Emperor Jia Qing, Ying Luo started out as a lowly palace maid who entered the palace for revenge. After meeting the serene Empress, her life is forever changed. 

Qianlong Emperor 乾隆皇帝

The 6th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty and one of the longest reigning monarchs in history, Qian Long was an accomplished ruler that also loved his wife, Empress Fuca Rong Yin dearly. 

The Empress 皇后

A serene and loving Empress, she loves her husband but struggled to cope with the grief of her son and also manage the duties of Empress.

Consort Xian 娴妃

The second Empress of Qian Long, Consort Xian started out as a kind-hearted and conflict avoidant woman in the palace who eventually turns to the dark side following her family’s pressure and death.

Noble Consort Gao 高贵妃

The haughty Noble Consort is 2nd in power in the palace only to the Empress. As such, she is arrogant, disrespectful and jealous of anyone who gains the attention of the Emperor. 

Fuca Fuheng 富察傅恒

The younger brother of Empress Fu Cha, Fu Heng is an accomplished imperial guard. He cares for his sister and also finds himself drawn to Wei Ying Luo