Sunday, 1 November 2020

The History of Emperor Shun Zhi and The Fall of The Ming Dynasty (Chinese History)


Enjoyed this informative documentary (in link below) about the life of Emperor Shunzhi and the fall of the Ming Dynasty. What I learnt about Emperor Shunzhi: 1. Shunzhi became the emperor of all China at the tender age of 6 but was only able to rule as the Son of Heaven at the age of Heaven when his half uncle, Dor Gon was killed in a hunting accident. 2. He invited the 5th Dalai Lama living in Lhassa for a state visit in Beijing in order to gain greater influence. 3. He was responsible for the construction of the White Pagoda, which was built to honour the Dalai Lama. 4. German Jesuit missionary and astronomer, Johann Adam Schall von Bell developed a personal relationship with Shunzhi, and the emperor even turned to him for guidance. 5. He embraced many aspects of this Chinese culture like opera, theatre and calligraphy. 6. He contracted small pox and died a few days later at the age of 22. 7. His will was likely modified by 4 Manchu nobles and his mother, the Empress Dowager. 8. He was the third Manchu emperor but the first to govern from a throne in Beijing using a brush. 9. His third son, a 7 year old became the next emperor and ruled under the name of Kangxi. 10. Kangxi became the greatest emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

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