Original Record of the Five Gods (or five emperors)

Huangti (Yellow god) was the son of Shaotien. His surname was Kungsun, and his prename Hsienyüan. Born a genius he could speak when a baby, as a boy he was quick and smart, as a...

Puyi: The Last Emperor

Chosen by Empress Dowager Cixi on her deathbed, Puyi (溥儀) became emperor at the age of 2 years and 10 months in December 1908 after the Guangxu Emperor died on 14 November. Titled the Xuantong...

Was Qin Shi Huang truly a tyrant?

Qin Shi Huang ( 秦始皇; "First Emperor of Qin"; 18 February 259 BC – 10 September 210 BC) was the founder of the Qin dynasty and was the first emperor of a unified China. Traditional Chinese historiography almost always portrayed...

Three attempted assassinations of Qin Shi Huang

First attempted assassination Jing Ke Jing Ke's assassination attempt on Qin Shi Huang; Jin Ke (left) is held by one of Qin Shi Huang's physicians (left, background). The dagger used in the assassination attempt is seen...

Big bad wolf

“HAD Mao died in 1956, his achievements would have been immortal. Had he died in 1966, he would still have been a great man but flawed. But he died in 1976. Alas, what can...

Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty talks about governance

In the first year of Zhenguan, the Emperor said to his attendants, “As an emperor, I must think first of the people. If I live my own life well by causing damages to the...

Tang Taizong

Emperor Taizong of Tang (唐太宗, 28 January 598  – 10 July 649), previously Prince of Qin, personal name Li Shimin, was the second emperor of the Tang dynasty of China, ruling from 626 to 649. He...

Early Life of Liu Bang

In imperial Han myth, Liu Bang was a descendant of the mythical Emperor Yao, who descended from the Yellow Emperor. It is a common practice among many ancient Chinese noble families to claim descent from...

Personality and achievements of Emperor Kangxi

The Kangxi Emperor (4 May 1654 – 20 December 1722) was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty. The Kangxi Emperor's reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history (although his grandson,...

Qin Shi Huang’s Names and Titles

Modern Chinese sources often give the personal name of Qin Shi Huang as Ying Zheng, with Ying (嬴) taken as the surname and Zheng (政) the given name. In ancient China however the naming...

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