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The Palace Museum welcomes you to explore The Night Revels of Han Xizai! This iPad App will launch you into the world of the Five Dynasties period (906-960) and allow you to see through the eyes of the alleged painter Gu Hongzhong. With artists from Beijing, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, our talented team presents you with high-definition images, captivating performances, and interactive scenes as a entertaining and educational journey!
Han Xizai was prominent official during the short-lived Southern Tang dynaty (937-975). Near the end of period, the country grew weaker each day. Rather than drown in the tumultuous political quagmire, Han Xizai chose to while away his time with extravagent indulgences and ignore current events. Li Yu, the last ruler of this waning dynasty, was suspicious of Han Xizai's lifestyle. Consequently he dispatched the court painter Gu Hongzhong to covetly observe Han Xizai during one of his evening feasts. The artist was instructed to paint what he saw. So was born the Night Revels of Han Xizai.