Not able to take any pictures. It wasn't allowed. Along with any food and drink.
But it was SO COOL. OMG. Watching all these lian shu jus with Qianlong as emperor really get you interested in history. They had his swords, robes, thrones, rings, writing utensils, musket, spear, riding gear, dining wear, ceremonial armor, desk, etc etc. It was amazing. He actually USED ALL THAT. I was so impressed. If this had come a couple years ago, I definitely would have complained and been bored and sat there tired. But this time I just spent about 2 hours in the exhibit looking at everything. And I definitely learned a lot from my dad too. How you can tell the ranking of officials by what they're wearing, the emblems on the square patch, how circle patches are reserved for the royal family, how circular patches on the shoulders shows that the individual is a prince, how colors and hats and such also show rank. And how by looking at the dragons on the clothes you can tell what time period it's from, by the claws and the faces/jaws of the dragons. Of course I bet you already know that....but still. I want to share my new found knowledge.
I'm so proud of being Chinese now. We were so advanced and organized before Europeans were even eating without their hands.