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Let’s get to know “Xuanji” first.
Most of us probably know the Big Bear, a constellation in the northern sky. As for “The Big Dipper”, a part of the Big Bear, makes up of the seven brightest stars, ancient Chinese astronomers named this set of stars as Bei Dou Qi Xing or Xuanji. No matter how different names it bears, it is always there as the sincere guidance to remind us not losing our direction or faith in dealing with difficulties while we look up at the nothern sky.
Xuanji, a word with multiple meanings, is also referring the art performance while we talk about the old time talented poetess Su Hui in Chinese History. One day, an amusing idea had occurred to her, and then she began embroidering with many poems on a silk fabric square cloth. Because of all the poems can be read forward or backwards, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, no wonder Xuanji Tu, Su Hui’s marvelous palindrome poetry, can be deciphered by nearly ten thousand way.
During the sovereignty of Emperor Taizong of Tang of the Tang Dynasty of China, he had told of an ill omen twice from the same official astronomer who are not only good at astrology but can foresee the descending fate of Tang Dynasty. The prophecy revealed there would be an empress to seize the scepter and almost entire Tang royal members would be slaughtered. A providence soon to be made and since then rumor had it that there had been some imperial secrets hidden in that very Xuanji Tu from Su Hui’s authentic work.
Seven years later, Empress Consort Wu(aka Wu Zetian, in Tang Dynasty as Tian Hou天后) self-proclaimed her sovereignty of Zhou Dynasty officially. The way she ruled the country were not very wise. The more envious and disturbed she was, the more acute and restless political air has been presented. As time went by Wu Zetian still grasped her reign although she was in her old age. One day, five well-born young men got into trouble with Wu clan, they were falsely accused being assassins and committed several homicides. For proving innocent, they need to find out who the real murderer was. And then things were getting complicated, they made deal with the other mysterious force to help them get back the very Xuanji Tu which was the same treasure the Wu clan to desire. Who was the lead behind the series cold blood brutal events? What’s the charm of the Xuanji Tu and was it related to Wu Zetian’s sovereignty?
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