Manchukuo Puppet Government Royal Palace Museum
The last emperor's last empire - Manchukuo. In 1931, the Japanese invaded and took control over the north east of China; what today are the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin an Heilongjiang. Here they created a new country called Manchukuo. It was simply a puppet for the Japanese overlords however, the Japanese want to give it the pretence of a legitimate state independent of China. Manchuria (North East China) had previously been a separate nation during the Ming dynasty of China. It was the Manchurain Emperors who ousted the Ming and took over the whole of China creating the Qing dynasty. The last emperor, Puyi, was a descendant of that Manchurian Qing line. By installing Puyi as the emperor of Manchukuo, the Japanese could play the role of liberating the nation from China and thus paint themselves as the good on the international stage. The plan didn't have much effect though as Manchukuo failed to gain the international recognition it hoped for with most countries around the world seeing Japan as the agressor and China as the victim with the Manchukuo puppet state as an imposter. The capital city of Manchukuo was Changchun in Jilin province. Here they constructed a new palace for the new emperor. It roughly follows the design other palaces such as Beijing, Nanjing or Shenyang but on a smaller scale. The palace splits into and inner and outer court. The inner court buildings were used for the emperor and his family's living quarters while the outer court was used for official state purposes. Today the palace have been restored and preserved as it would have looked during the Manchukuo period. Part of the site also houses the exhibits of the Jilin Provincial Museum.