Story Of Yanxi Palace stars, including Empress Fucha actress Qin Lan, coming to Singapore in December

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SINGAPORE - Story Of Yanxi Palace has ended its broadcast, but you can let your obsession with the palace drama live on as two stars from the series are due to make appearances in Singapore in December.

Chinese actress Qin Lan, who played the elegant Empress Fucha in the show, and Malaysian-born Singapore actor Lawrence Wong, who played the imperial guard Hai Lan Cha, will be appearing at the inaugural StarHub Night Of Stars, an event that is said to celebrate the best in Asian entertainment.

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The location is not yet confirmed, but it will be held on Dec 22. Tickets for entry are not for sale, either, but are up for grabs through contests and other activities (for more information, go to

China's imperial palace drama, Story Of Yanxi Palace, shatters viewership records

  • Palace intrigue, backstabbing concubines and dramatic plotlines involving maids and eunuchs.
  • China simply cannot get enough of imperial palace dramas.
  • Yet another period piece set in the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty, like 2011's Empresses In The Palace - one of the most successful dramas in the genre - has become a smash hit.
  • The 70-episode long drama series Story Of Yanxi Palace, co-produced by China's biggest streaming platform iQiyi and production company Huanyu Film, garnered over 15 billion views worldwide.
  • China is home to the world's largest army of netizens, with some 770 million Internet users, and dramas are pulling out all the stops to attract viewers.
  • The Story Of Yanxi Palace alone reportedly had a budget of about 300 million yuan (S$60 million).
  • The show follows a young woman who enters the palace as a maid to investigate the death of her sister and eventually becomes one of Emperor Qianlong's concubines.
  • The cast includes big names such as Hong Kong's Charmaine Sheh.
  • The drama is currently being broadcast on Hong Kong's TVB, which has acquired the rights to screen the show in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.

Besides Qin and Wong, other stars that will be making appearances at the event include Taiwanese heart-throbs Jasper Liu and Derek Chang, as well as veteran Taiwanese actress Chen Mei-feng, who is known as Taiwan's "most beautiful auntie".

More names of celebrities attending the event will be released in the weeks to come.

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