Those things about the Chinese Emperor – Is Long Live Really Long Live?

"Yellow Emperor Yao, Shun, Xia, Shang and Zhou, Spring and Autumn and Warring States were unified under Qin. The Han and Three Kingdoms were restored and the Jin was restored, and the Southern and Northern Dynasties faced each other. The Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties and ten kingdoms, Liao, Song, Xia, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing." - In Chinese history, there were 83 dynasties, 559 Emperors, including 397 emperors and 162 kings. Every emperor is a witness of the times, and their life stories have become stories that are talked about by future generations. We can often see actors calling the emperor "Long Live" in court film and television dramas, and this is true in history. But being an emperor...does he really live long? Let's read on~~

The emperor's job is actually a high-risk job?!

The term "Long Live" is originally a word for congratulations and blessings. Of course, "long live" can also be taken literally, that is, to hope to live for thousands of years, to live a long and healthy life, and to rule the country forever. But in fact the average age of emperors is onlyunder 40 years old, the average life expectancy is far lower than the national average level in the same period, which is a bit unbelievable. Being an emperor should not mean eating well, drinking well, sleeping well, and having a slight cold, countless imperial doctors will surround him. Why is this different from the actual situation? The position of the emperor is obviously a high-risk occupation that cannot be higher, so what is the reason for the short life of the emperor? Here are a few possible factors that contributed to the emperor's short life:

  1. Political struggles and court intrigue: In ancient China, political struggles and court intrigue were the norm. Emperors often had to deal with power struggles between different factions, which put them under extreme stress. Political struggles not only caused psychological burdens on the emperors, but also made them possible targets for assassination.
  2. psychological and mental stress: The status of emperor implies great political, military and national responsibilities. The internal and external pressure of the imperial court can lead to psychological and spiritual stress, which in turn can have a negative impact on physical health.
  3. health problems: China lacks modern medical technology in ancient times, and many diseases are difficult to obtain effective treatment.
  4. Hereditary and Genetic Diseases: Some emperors may be genetically influenced, making them more susceptible to specific diseases or health problems.
  5. succession struggle: Succession to the throne is often accompanied by struggles between brothers, which may lead to brutal confrontation and civil war between brothers, which may not only cause the dynasty to split, but also pose a great threat to the life of the emperor.
  6. Lifestyle and Nutritional Issues: The emperor enjoys a very high status and can have a luxurious lifestyle. However, overeating, lack of exercise, political involvement, sexual indulging and unhealthy living habits can all have serious health effects.

It can be seen from this that it is not easy to be an emperor with tens of millions of people. According to historical records, Chinese emperors lived longer than60 years old less than 13%, can't survive40 years old but as high as 60%. More than half of the emperors lived under 50 years old, only 5 lived over 80 years old, only 12 lived between 70-79 years old, only 98 lived between 50-69 years old, and those under 50 years old more than 200. From these data, it can be seen that the life span of Chinese emperors is relatively short. If it were you, would you be willing to be emperor (smirk)?

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How long did the emperors live?

Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the ages

When it comes to emperors, the first thing to mention is of course Qin Shihuang, the first emperor through the ages. Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC), surnamed Ying, surnamed Zhao, named Zheng, also known as Zhao Zheng, was honored as "Ancestral Dragon" in some literary works. After inheriting the throne of Qin, he destroyed the six kingdoms and unified China.First Emperor, is the founding emperor of the Qin Dynasty. He is a famous statesman, strategist, and reformer in Chinese history. He is the first politician to complete the unification of China.The first monarch called "emperor". He reigned for 37 years, died on the way when he was on tour,49 years old.

China's only female emperor Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian (624 BC - 705 BC), named Wu Zhao, is a famous figure in Chinese history.The only orthodox female emperor,TooThe oldest emperor on the throne (67 years old), and also a long-lived emperor,aged 82. In 690 BC, Wu Zetian changed the name of the Tang Dynasty to "Zhou" and called it "Emperor of the Holy God" for 16 years. Empress Wu Zetian inherited the "Government of Zhenguan" and initiated the "Kaiyuan Prosperous Age". During her rule, the society and economy developed well. History has far-reaching implications.

longest reigning emperor kangxi

Emperor Kangxi (May 4, 1654-December 20, 1722), Aixinjueluo clan, named Xuanye, was the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty and the second emperor since the Qing Dynasty entered the customs. Emperor Kangxi ascended the throne at the age of 8, took charge at the age of 14, and reigned for 61 years.The longest reigning emperor in Chinese history. Emperor Kangxi collapsed and died in Qingxi Bookstore, Changchun Garden, Shuntianfu, Qing Dynasty.aged 69. Emperor Kangxi flattened the San Francisco and consolidated the imperial power of the Qing Dynasty; unified Taiwan, opened governments and established counties; emphasized agriculture and rivers, and built water conservancy; promoted culture and education, compiled classics, and was an outstanding military strategist and statesman.

The youngest emperor Liu Long

Emperor Liu Long of the Han Dynasty (105-September 21, 106), the youngest son of Hanhe Emperor Liu Zhao, the fifth emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, was just a hundred days old when he ascended the throne.He is the youngest emperor in Chinese history.I started BBQ when I was one year old, but also the shortest-lived emperor in Chinese history, posthumously titled Emperor Xiaoshang, is called "Emperor of August" or "Emperor of Hundred Days" by historians. "August Emperor" refers to the time when the emperor was less than eight months; while "Hundred Day Emperor" refers to the age when he ascended the throne, and the whole thing is a tragedy before the hundred days.

Puyi, the last emperor of China

Puyi (February 7, 1906-October 17, 1967), Aixinjueluo, courtesy name Yaozhi, nickname Haoran, foreign name Henry, was named "Xuantong" during his reign, also known as Emperor Xuantong , is the 12th emperor of the Qing Dynasty, and also the 10th emperor of the Qing Dynasty since entering the customs. He was the last emperor in Chinese history, alsoHe is the only emperor who ascended the throne three times and abdicated three times. On October 17, 1967, Pu Yi died of kidney cancer in Beijing Anti-Imperial Hospital.aged 62. Emperor Puyi was a puppet emperor when he was young, and he was also a prisoner of war. He became a citizen of New China in the second half of his life. He is a legendary emperor.

The great river goes east, the waves wash away, and there are romantic figures through the ages. Image via Pexels by Chris

Counting from the time when Qin Shihuang unified the six kingdoms and proclaimed himself emperor until the "last emperor" Pu Yi abdicated in 1912, China's monarchy lasted 2132 years. Among these emperors, there were those with great talents and strategies, those who opened up borders and territories, and naturally there were those who were mediocre. No matter how they rule, whether they are wise emperors or faint emperors, the existence of these emperors has shaped the development of Chinese history and culture, and they are worthy of our respect, research and inheritance.

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1. Order of Chinese Emperors

2. Chinese emperor - Wikipedia

3. List of Chinese monarchs - Wikipedia

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