It has been said that the Fragrant Concubine’s beauty was like no other. With her, she carried an alluring, sensuous scent, free from lavish perfumes and powders. Tales of her exquisiteness reached the Qianlong Emperor’s ears. Hungry for her beauty, the Manchu monarch demanded that she be brought to him safely.
Upon her arrival to the imperial palace, the Fragrant Concubine, was gifted with a garden and a luxurious room of her own as a sign of the Emperor's devotion. Homesick and distraught, she remained disconsolate as the Emperor made ever-increasing efforts to recreate her distant village. Finally she relented and came to love him. But the other legend has it that the Emperor's mother arranged for her murder as she planned to kill the Emperor in revenge for his conquest of her homeland in Xinjiang.
We all know about Xi Shi. What we don't know is that there is someone as beautiful as Xi Shi at that time. And she is Zhengdan. Both Xi Shi and Zheng Dan were given to King Fuchai of Wu to bewitch him and make him forget all about his state affairs.
King Goujian of Yue was once imprisoned by King Fuchai of Wu after a defeat in war, and Yue later became a tributary state to Wu. Secretly planning his revenge, Goujian's minister suggested training beautiful women and offering them to Fuchai as a tribute. His other minister, Fan Li, found Xi Shi and Zheng Dan, and gave them to Fuchai in 490 BC.