I have to admit I am very behind on Chinese history - how true is it that people are not allowed to have relationships within the Forbidden city? It seems inevitable that people will want to have a life in the long term and marry if they find a partner! The whole power play between queens seem totally believable as that is their world - coupled with grudges and perhaps some mental illness and Tavia is totally believable as the scheming queen with no morals as she is in survival mode... Are there similar divisions to the arts in Forbidden city as well? (textile, food, jewellery, etc) - I wonder if men led them or women? Lately all these TVB dramas have powerful women, wonder how true it is in reality in the past? Even now I don't think women are equal to men in a lot of aspects in modern society.