Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao

Who is she: The first official female diplomat in ancient China  Notable Life Events: Actual birth date and date of death both unknown but active around the long reign of Emperor Wu of the Western Han dynasty  In 101 BC, she accompanied the second Han princess to be married off to the Wusun king forContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (13)- Huang Chong Xia

Who is she: A real historical figure known to have passed herself as a man for long periods of time. I know most of you would say that Mulan is far more famous but the original reference to Mulan came from a long poem starring her and other than that, there is no evidence thatContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (13)- Huang Chong Xia”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)

Who is she: One of the Four Greatest Uglies  Wife to the Lord of the Kingdom of Qi in the period of the Warring States  The actual historical figure’s name is Zhongli Chun but in dramas and movies she more often go by the name of the Zhong Wu Yan Notable Life Events: Still unmarriedContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (11)- Bao Qian Guang

Who is she: More commonly known as Bao Gu (Aunt Bao), she is one of the four greatest female physicians in ancient China  Wife to Ge Hong, a renowned Daoist, physician and pharmacist. Both she and her husband were worshipped later as immortals.  Notable Life Events: Born sometime in the Jin dynasty (266 to 420Continue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (11)- Bao Qian Guang”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu

Who is she: Once concubine to the Last Emperor of China Puyi, otherwise known as Consort Shu or the Good-hearted Consort Notable Life Events: Born on 20th of December, 1909, to a Mongolian family that was part of the Manchurian Eight Flag army  Entered Puyi’s Court at the age of 12 as Consort Shu (itContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao

Who is she: Probably the most famous female poet across ancient Chinese history (there had been a number of other women known for poetry such as Ban Zhao but they were all way before her times. I’m not sure but I think her poetry work survived the most).   Notable Life Events: Born in 1084 duringContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei

Who is she: The first divorced wife of a royalty (in death) Was associated with the idiom “Mistress Xu was half-old” referring to a woman past her prime but still charming Notable Life Events: Born to a line of prominent officials (her grandfather was the Prime Minister and her father was also a high rankingContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang

Who is she: The first and only female Zhuang yuan (the one with the highest score who sat the examination for scholars to become government officials) in ancient China Notable Life Events: Born in 1833 in Nanjing to a scholarly family, which quickly fell into poverty after both of her parents died when she wasContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi

Who is she: One of the Eight Beauties of Qin Huai, essentially eight prominent prostitutes of the late Ming era (Qin Huai is the name of a river in Nanjing, it was a red light district back then with brothels operating on boats) famed for poetry, painting and beauty  A highly patriotic woman  Notable LifeContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi”