In many royal historical dramas set in the Qing Dynasty in China, you are certainly no stranger to the scene of concubines walking and walking being guided by palace maids and eunuchs.

Why is that?

According to historical records, in the Qing Dynasty, the Han people and the Manchu people had a huge class difference.

Many Emperors accepted concubines not only because of their love, but also because they were closely related to the affairs of their ministers and the relationships between forces in the court.

Manchu and Han women are not the same.

However, the images in this movie are not fictional.

First, Manchu women made weak gestures to suit the Emperor’s favorite `taste`.

Why, after receiving the Emperor's grace, do concubines need palace maids to help them walk?

Chinese men at that time, regardless of ethnicity, liked gentle, modest women.

The Emperor at that time preferred the new to the old. If he did not know how to change himself to suit the world, he could only sadly bury himself in a forbidden palace under an ordinary status.

Second, the health of women in the harem gradually weakens over time.

Why, after receiving the Emperor's grace, do concubines need palace maids to help them walk?

Strong Manchu women are undeniable, but this was only true before and after the Manchu clan landed in the Central Plains.

After receiving grace and becoming pregnant, the concubine became even weaker.

Third, being helped by a subordinate while walking is a symbol of one’s status.

Why, after receiving the Emperor's grace, do concubines need palace maids to help them walk?

After receiving the Emperor’s favor, this woman officially had a high position in the harem.

One of the ways to show power and position is how many subordinates follow behind and are supported by eunuchs in all daily activities.

Fourth, wedge-soled shoes.

Why, after receiving the Emperor's grace, do concubines need palace maids to help them walk?

Qing dynasty concubines often wore wedge-soled shoes – a typical shoe of Manchu royal aristocrats.

There was even a period when concubines of higher rank had higher-soled shoes that were several centimeters higher, accompanied by more sophisticated designs and more gems.

Source: Sohu