There has been a wave of interest in the Song dynasty following the popularity of "Serenade of Peaceful Joy" (清平乐).
Set in the era of Emperor Renzong, this series has been praised for its beautiful sets and historically-accurate costumes.
The Song dynasty lasted between 960-1279. It did not have the military prowess of its forerunners, the Han and the Tang. Its territory was limited compared to the Ming and the Qing. But it made up for what it lacked in imperial power by a vibrant cultural environment and an unrivaled taste for beauty.