I don't really agree with you. Though during Qian Long's time, he did has a closed door policy and chase all the European's missionaries and traders out of China, he was actually left with no choice. The westerners were bring harmful products into China then and to protect his kingdom, any emperor will do what Qian Long had done. If I was born during that period of time, given my cultural background, I will do likewise.
As for his employment of He Shen into the imperial court and putting him in good use, any Emperor will definitely be blinded by acts of these villains. But is He Shen really a villain? In the eyes of history, he only pocketed money and wealth. This can only be labelled as selfish and greedy. But did he betray his Master (who is Emperor Qian Long) or China? Well, I dun think he is a betrayer? If so, is he that bad?
I beg to differ.
The Westerners didn't really start the "harmful products" until the 1800s. The Westerners were seeking trade. The massive import of opium didn't start until Dao Guang.
If I was George McCarthy and got insulted like that, I would have started to have ill intentions as well. And btw, did you know that George brought along some cannons and updated weapons to the Qing Dynasty? It was found when the Yuan Ming Yuan was looted.
To me, one of the major downers is his use of money. He should have used it to update the weapons which were still the ones used in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Instead, he used the money on luxurious buildings and other pointless things. By the end of his reign, the Qing were starting to feel the effects of an empty treasury.
yeah, blinded. If Qianlong was so good, he wouldn't have been blinded. Kangxi wasn't during his reign.
yes, He Shen is really that much of a villian since he started the massive corruption that lasted all the way to end of the Qing Dynasty and continued to this very day.