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Most European audiences know this period from Oriental pop culture sources such as ''{{wuxia}}'' movies, or Japanese works such as the ''VideoGame/{{Dynasty Warriors}}'' series of games and the ''Anime/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' anime, though most of these are based on much older Chinese novels, folk-stories and other source material.

Life in ImperialChina, according to this view, apparently involved lots of politics and betrayal around the Emperor's solid gold palace, punctuated by battles featuring big hulky brocade-wearing brutes mowing down peasant soldiers by the thousands with their flashy ''musou'' attacks. When you met a fair maiden, either she was [[WaifFu skilled enough with martial arts to kick your butt]], or she was [[ShapeshiftingLover a supernatural creature in disguise]].

See UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing for a history of this series of ages, and UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors for what happened when the last of the Chinese Kingdoms and Empires fell in 1911.

!!Popular tropes from this time period are:

* ArrangedMarriage
* DeadlyDecadentCourt
* TheEmperor
* EvilChancellor
* HonorBeforeReason
* ImplausibleFencingPowers
* ImprobableWeaponUser
* KnightErrant
* NamedWeapon
* OldMaster
* RedStringOfFate
* ReincarnationRomance
* ShapeshiftingLover
* StarCrossedLovers
* SupernaturalMartialArts
!!Chinese works set in this era:

* Most ''{{wuxia}}'' books, films, TV series etc.


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBurningOfRedLotusTemple''
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''
* ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower''
* ''Film/DetectiveDee''
* ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin''
* ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}''
* ''Film/FlowersOfShanghai''
* ''Film/TheGreatWall''
* ''Film/GreenSnake''
* ''Film/{{Hero}}''
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers''
* ''Film/LegendOfTheBlackScorpion''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina''
* ''Film/ThePromise2005''
* ''Film/RedCliff''
* ''Film/TaiChiMaster''
* ''Warriors of Heaven and Earth''
* For that matter, more Chinese historical dramas than you can shake a stick at, many of them set in the Qing Dynasty. If you see a queue (that distinctive ''long'' pigtail combined with shaved forehead), it's Qing.

* ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime''
* ''Manhua/{{Choukakou}}''

* ''Literature/DreamOfTheRedChamber''
* ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''
* The first half of ''Literature/MomentInPeking''
* ''Literature/TheNightingale''
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''
* ''Literature/WaterMargin''
* ''Literature/WillOfHeaven''
* The story ''A Sword is Drawn'' in ''Literature/AnInstinctForWar''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Much of ''Series/TowardsTheRepublic''
* ''Series/PrincessReturningPearl''
* ''Series/TheLegendOfZhenHuan''
* ''Series/TheQinEmpire''
* ''Series/ThreeKingdoms''
* ''Series/TheEmpressOfChina''

* Most Chinese opera

!!Japanese works set in this era:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Kumo No Yo Ni Kaze No Yo Ni'' (''Like the Clouds, Like the Wind'')
* ''The Tale of the White Serpent'' (白蛇伝)
* ''Anime/KoutetsuSangokushi''
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou''
* ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' and ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoSenki''

* ''The Favorite'' by Inoue Yasushi is about Yang Guifei.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There have been at least two Japanese TV production of ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' that use a relatively straight fantasy version of the setting. The 1978 version was dubbed by the BBC as ''Series/{{Monkey}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''

!!Western Works set in this era:

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', though it's based on a traditional Chinese folk-story.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' Sure, let's go ahead and use the word "honor" fifty times.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The early parts of Bertolucci's ''Film/TheLastEmperor''.
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist''.
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' (the early parts).
* ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'', also set during the Qing Dynasty.

* The ''Literature/JudgeDee'' novels and short stories, though the first is a translation of a Chinese story.
* Several novels by Pearl Buck, including ''Literature/TheGoodEarth'' and ''Peony''.
* ''Literature/SnowFlowerAndTheSecretFan''
* ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' and its sequels appear in a version where AllMythsAreTrue.
* ''L'Impératrice de la Soie'' trilogy by José Frèches.
* ''Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South'' by Lawrence Yep, from ''TheRoyalDiaries'' series.
* ''Literature/UnderHeaven'' and ''River of Stars'' by Guy Gavriel Kay.
* ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' is an UpToEleven parody of Imperial China (with bits of Japan thrown in) set in a Literature/{{Discworld}} context.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Some parts of the first ''Series/KungFu'' TV series.

* The stage play and later opera, ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is set in the role-playing-game fantasy version.
* ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheArtOfMonsters'' is set in a fantastical Tang dynasty - think ''Literature/{{Journey To The West}}'' but focusing on events on a single mountain.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' are centered around China. Oddly enough, the show's resident Chinese character, Cho-Cho, barely appears in either episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'', which is set during the Qing Dynasty.