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Six Types of the Complete Manchu-Han Banquet


   Six Types of the Complete Manchu-Han Banquet 1. Mongolian Qinpan Banquet As the name ...
Six Types of the Complete Manchu-Han Banquet

1. Mongolian Qinpan Banquet


As the name suggests, this banquet was to entertain the Mongolian royal family members. All the emperors in the Qing Dynasty attached great importance to this banquet and it was a great honor for those who had the prestige to enjoy the royal dinner. This banquet was held annually and only the highest-ranking officials have the chance to be the entourage.


2. Tingchen Banquet


Tingchen Banquet was held on the sixteenth day of the first lunar month to award the officials and scholars who had made distinct contributions to the government, and the emperor himself would name the people to attend the dinner. During the banquet, the attendants would make poems while enjoying the food and wine.


3. Wanshou Banquet


Wanshou Banquet, which means longevity banquet, was to celebrate the emperors' birthdays. It was one of the biggest dinners in the inner chambers of the imperial palace. All the civil and military officials regarded it as a great honor of having the chance to attend this banquet.


4. Qiansou Banquet


Qiansou in Chinese means thousand of senior citizens. This banquet first began in the reign of Emperor Kangxi, and flourished in the Qianlong reign. In 1713 when was the sixtieth birthday of Emperor Kangxi, he hosted a banquet in the spring with more than one thousand senior citizens, and he made a poem Qiansou Yan, therefore, this dinner got the name of Qiansou Banquet.


5.  Jiubai Banquet


Jiubai literally means nine white. When Emperor Kangxi first conquered the Mongolian tribes, these tribes gave one white camel and eight white horses as tributes to show their loyalty, and then the emperors would hold a banquet to serve the convoy and called it Jiubai Banquet.


6.  Jieling Banquet


Jieling Banquet was served according to the Chinese solar terms, such as the Duanwu Banquet, the Chongyang Banquet, etc.