Emperors' Properties in HangzhouServing as the capital for two dynasties in Chinese history and being one of the destinations in the inspection tours conducted by two of the emperors of the Qing dynasty, Hangzhou’s charm is there for all to see. It is the advantageous location, favorite climate and splendid natural landscape of Hangzhou that attracted them here, who in turn wrote a glorious history of their own embedded in the age-long history of Hangzhou.

About Hangzhou, there is particularly one king and three emperors worth mentioning – King Qian Liu of the Wuyue Kingdom, Emperor Gaozong of Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty and Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. Under their rule, Hangzhou prospered both culturally and economically and its people lived a contented life. Because of them, Hangzhou marked its significant status in Chinese history. They long live both in the history of Hangzhou and the hearts of Hangzhounese. Their footsteps can easily be found in historical relics around and stories about them are widely told.

  • King Qian Liu of Wuyue Kingdom Qian Liu is one of the famous natives of Hangzhou and the founder of the Wuyue Kingdom during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. He ruled roughly present Zhejiang Province as a king for 41 years. During his period, Wuyue prospered economically and led the rest of Jiangnan area in such businesses as fishery, salt trading and silk production.

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  • Emperor Gaozong of Southern Song DynastyEmperor Gaozong of Song, whose personal name is Zhao Gou, is the tenth emperor of the Song Dynasty and the founder of the Southern Song Dynasty. He used to be a regional lord and fled south to Lin’an, the present Hangzhou city after the two emperors of the Song Dynasty were captured by invaders and reestablished what is now known as the Southern Song Dynasty.

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  • Emperor Kangxi of Qing DynastyKangxi Emperor is the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty and is the one who started the last flourishing age of feudal China. Ascending the throne at a young age of 8, he didn’t actually hold power until 14 and he had been on the throne for 61 years, the longest in Chinese history.

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  • Emperor Qianlong of Qing DynastyQianlong Emperor is a prestigious emperor of the later stage of China's feudal society and the sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty. He had been in power for 63 year and 4 months, with 60 years ruling as an emperor and 3 years and 4 months as a retired one, making him the emperor wielding the supreme power of a country for the longest time in Chinese history.

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