Emperor Qianlong was very happy when he learned that a country called "English" was preparing to pay tribute. Qianlong, who often advertised himself as the first emperor in history, felt that this was an event worthy of special mention. This is something that has never happened before.
In Qianlong's eyes, Britain was a tribute mission that was specially sent to celebrate the birthday of the emperor because he respected the emperor and embraced him. In the eyes of Lord Magnier, this is a major diplomatic and commercial negotiation. Whether it can open the door of the Chinese market is in one fell swoop.
In order to attract the attention of Emperor Qianlong, and at the same time enable Emperor Qianlong to be equal and even respect the British Empire. The delegation of Lord Macaner specially prepared for them to fully represent their strength. And industrial-level gifts.
These gifts include the latest astronomical telescopes, exquisite shock-absorbing carriages, huge globe models, Parker lenses, the latest battleship models, celebrity portraits and mortars, etc.
It is true that as Lord Magnier expected, Emperor Qianlong had a great interest in these tributes. Influenced by his grandfather Kangxi and his father Yongzheng, Emperor Qianlong had a keen interest in Western gadgets.
Before the tribute was transported ashore, Emperor Qianlong couldn't wait to let people draw them on paper as they were, so that they could feast their eyes on the eyes of the moment.
However, Emperor Qianlong's interest in Western industrial products only remained in his hobby. When these tributes were completely transported to the Forbidden City, Emperor Qianlong was disappointed.
The Emperor Qianlong didn’t care. There were a few more new continents on the globe, which were there during the Kangxi period; he didn’t care. The astronomical telescope was made according to Newton’s latest principles. It’s nothing more than the glass trick of the Red Manzi; let alone the latest barometers and air pump meters, these are just children’s toys.
The shock-absorbing carriage that has the most high hopes for the British messenger is in the Emperor Qianlong In his eyes, the coachman’s seat was too high to conform to the ritual system of the celestial dynasty, and he was ruthlessly ignored. As for the latest mortars and muskets, Emperor Qianlong only looked at them and then sealed them in the Old Summer Palace.
In the eyes of Emperor Qianlong, these tributes from the British Industrial Revolution were nothing more than impractical entertainment gadgets. Although Emperor Qianlong was disappointed with these tributes, he could not be far behind. Emperor Qianlong was very proud of the country where Wanli came to offer tribute.
This also became his talk of boasting of the prosperity of the dynasty. However, as everyone knows, the Qing dynasty has been far away in industry. The end of the revolutionary development.