The Palace Museum, former home to the 24 Ming and Qing emperors, is also known as the Forbidden City. What would it be like if you wear an earphone with the shape of a necklace from the Qing Dynasty? Various interesting souvenirs sold online by the Palace Museum in Beijing are popular in China. Over the last year, the Palace Museum sees a drastic income surge in souvenir sales. The reason why is pretty hot: the store of the Palace Museum at Taobao, China’s largest online shopping website, is offering more and more cool original designs. Here’s some of the favorite bits of history that you can purchase:
1. iPhone 6 and 6+ cases ($8 each)
The cases have on them the pattern of the “dragon robe” that emperors once wore.
2. Luggage tags ($4 each)
The Chinese characters read, “as if the emperor is there (left)” and “received imperial decree to travel (right).” Well, decree received, my liege.
3. Imperial mouse pad ($6 each)
4. Tumbler dolls modeled on Qing Dynasty warriors
5. This little Qianlong emperor ($7 each)
He’s here to hold your phone or ipad while you chill and binge-watch Empire.
6. Umbrellas ($15 each)
Look at these imperial maids and manservants doll umbrellas, there’s a real elegance to them.
7. Coloring books
The Palace Museum’s has its own versions of the Secret Garden.
8. Earphones with replicated necklace of the Qing Dynasty