Above the throne, not shown in the image, was secreted a box in which the name of the next emperor was written. This was the way that Qianlong himself learned that he was the successor to the Dragon Throne.
FORBIDDEN NO MORE HIDDEN FOR MANY CENTURIES, TREASURES FROM CHINA'S IMPERIAL PALACE WILL SOON BE REVEALED AT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Jun 30, 2001; SALEM - With its name alone, China's Forbidden City conjures up images of secrets and intrigue. For 500 years, the imperial...