New exhibition at the British Museum: China’s Hidden Century, 18 May – 8 October. Check their website before planning your visit.
As this is a very complicated and turbulent period of China’s long history, it might be helpful to read a bit first: Qing dynasty, challenges for the Qing rulers, Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Uprising, Summer Palace.
The show includes a snuff bottle with a portrait of Li Hongzhang, and this flamboyant robe, worn by Empress Cixi.
The Forbidden City at 600: The Secret Life of the Qianlong Emperor – one of a lecture series on the palace from the China Institute.
If you like Chinese textiles, this book could be of interest: Chinese Textiles: An Introduction to the Study of their History, Sources, Technique, Symbolism, and Use