The two characters mean loyalty. This gate was a gift from the Ming Emperor to commemorate the Nakhi's support against the Manchus. With the Mongols as their ally, the Manchus eventually took over all of China, invaded Nakhi, Tibet and the Turks (Xinjiang). Xinjiang and Mongolia kept their protectorate status; Nakhi and various smaller kingdoms did not. In 1723, Lijiang and the Nakhi territories were absorbed into part of China (under the "supervision" of Wu Sangui, the Pingxi King), ending the Nakhi Kingdom's 929 years of history.
Despite hating the Manchus for dissolving the kingdom, the Nakhi did not support the revolt by Wu Sangui. Remember, that's the Ming General who betrayed the Ming China) revolted against the newly formed Manchu China (Qing).
Entrance to the Palace
The Royal Court was bilingual, Chinese and Dongba. The royal family was heavily influenced by Chinese Taoist teachings; they were masters of Chinese literature. However, they did not allow their subjects to become overly sinicized.
The symbol reads "Fu", meaning well-being in life (Chinese)
The Queen of the Nakhi. She did
not bind her feet like Chinese queens did. That's because she had to work
in the field during the day!
The canals flow through the palace as well
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