Category: Chinese Men

  • The Strange Experience of Lu Chong

    “Soushenji” (搜神記) is a book of stories about ghosts and spirits, collected by Gan Bao in the fourth century. The meeting between Lu Chong and Cui Wenxiu is one of the bizarre stories. This story took place in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In Fanyang (范陽) where was in modern-days Hebei (河北) Province, there was a…

  • The Man beside Me is not a Monarch, but a Contemptible Man

    Shi Kang (师旷) was a famous musician of the Jin (晋) State in the Spring-Autumn Period. He was a hereditary official musician, and his position was called “Taishi” (太师). He was a straightforward man, and hated despotism. In 559 BC, Wei Xian-Gong (卫献公), the monarch of the Wei (卫) State, was expelled, because he was…

  • The Legend of An Orchid

    Yan Ji was a humble concubine of Zheng Wen-Gong who was a monarch of Zheng State in the Spring-Autumn Period. Though she was a daughter of the monarch of the southern Yan State, Zheng Wen-Gong seldom met her. In a night, she dreamed that a herald of Heaven gave her an orchid and said, “I…

  • The First Hegemon of the Spring Autumn Period, Qi Huan-Gong

    In the Spring-Autumn Period, the power of Heaven-Son (the honorific title of the king of Zhou Dynasty) was weakening, and some strong states started to lead other states. In the early days of the Eastern Zhou, Zheng State clashed with the royal family of Zhou, and actually defeated Zhou Huan-King in the battle of Ruge…

  • The Fate of Wang Mang: Unfettered Power, the Road to Destruction

    Wang Mang was always respectful and thrifty in his youth, and treated others with humility. Meanwhile, his cousins were extravagant and degenerate, and lost themselves in decadence. As the emperor’s powerful relatives, the Wang clan needed someone who could lead the clan keep prosperous. Then Wang Mang became the widely accepted successor to the power…

  • The Fans of Stars in the Ancient Times

    Nowadays, all stars have their fans. In ancient China, there were also many fans that were crazy for their stars, and what these fans admired are the handsome appearance, graceful behaviors and great learning of the stars. Well, let’s read several stories. The great poetry book “the Classic of Poems” (诗经) has a poem called…

  • The Death of Zilu, A Gentleman

    Zilu was one of several students who were regarded highly by Confucius. He was a warrior, and he was famous for his strength. When he wasn’t a student of Confucius, he stirred up trouble to Confucius. But Confucius still was friendly and politely to him. At last Zilu accepted the exhortation of Confucius, and became…

  • The Celebrity Effect for Advertising

    Advertising is omnipresent nowadays. Many companies employ famous persons to advertise their products or be the advertising spokespersons for their brands. Yao Ming(姚明), a famed basketball player of NBA, is the advertising spokesperson of the athletic products of Reebok. Liu Xiang(劉翔), the first male Olympic track gold medalist of China, is the advertising spokesperson of…

  • Qi Jing-Gong and Yan Ying

    Qi Jing-Gong, the monarch of Qi State in the later days of the Spring-Autumn Period, was a statesman of great achievement. He was a romantic person and liked travel. He was on the throne in 58 years, and reversed the unfavorable situation of contending against Jin State and gained the upper hand. Through wise summit…

  • Nie Zheng, the Second Famous Assassin of the Warring-States Period

    Nie Zheng (聂政) was born in Shenjing Li (深井里, “Li” was the name of the lowest administrative region at that time) of the county Zhi (轵) in the Han (韩) State, so he was called “Nie Zheng from Shenjing Li of Zhi”. He took his family to the Qi (齐) State for evading his enemy,…