Coverforce were honoured to have a special guest Liu Xiaoqing at our new Barangaroo office recently. Liu is one of China’s most famous and loved actresses. Liu acted in dozens of mainland Chinese films before she turned 30 — The Great Wall of the South China Sea (1976), What a Family (1979) and The Little Flower (1980). Her breakthrough role was the ruthless Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi in The Burning of the Imperial Palace (1983) and Reign Behind the Curtain (1984). Her portrayal of Cixi won her numerous awards in Chinese film festivals and she later reprised the role in two unrelated films, including Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch (1991). She won Best Actress at the Hundred Flowers Award for her role as Hua Jinzhi in The Savage Land, filmed in 1981 but not released until 1987 and again for her role in Hibiscus Town (1986). Liu left the entertainment industry in the 1990s to focus on business, but later returned to acting in the mid 2000s. Liu published a short autobiography I Did It My Way in 1983. She became one of the richest people in China, appearing at 45 on Forbes' list of the 50 richest Chinese business persons in 1999. Welcome to Barangaroo.