Ching Shih

1775 - 1844

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Zheng Yi Sao (1775–1844; born Shi Yang, a.k.a. Shi Xianggu), also known as Ching Shih, was a Chinese pirate leader who was active in the South China Sea from 1801 to 1810.Born as Shi Yang in 1775 to humble origins, she married a pirate named Zheng Yi at age 26 in 1801. She was named Zheng Yi Sao ("wife of Zheng Yi") by the people of Guangdong. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ching Shih has received more than 2,468,883 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Ching Shih is the 15th most popular pirate (up from 17th in 2019), the 222nd most popular biography from China (up from 266th in 2019) and the most popular Pirate.

Ching shih is most famous for her naval victories and the establishment of her pirate empire.

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Among pirates, Ching Shih ranks 15 out of 25Before her are Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, William Kidd, François l'Olonnais, Sextus Pompey, and Henry Every. After her are Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Samuel Bellamy, Edward England, Piet Pieterszoon Hein, and Stede Bonnet.

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Among people born in 1775, Ching Shih ranks 9Before her are J. M. W. Turner, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, Eugène François Vidocq, Lucien Bonaparte, and Bahadur Shah Zafar. After her are Carlota Joaquina of Spain, Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, Georg Friedrich Grotefend, Étienne-Louis Malus, Adam Albert von Neipperg, and François-Adrien Boieldieu. Among people deceased in 1844, Ching Shih ranks 11Before her are Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Joseph Smith, Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ivan Krylov, and Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. After her are Charles Nodier, Flora Tristan, Jernej Kopitar, Princess Luisa Carlotta of Naples and Sicily, Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia, and Henri Gatien Bertrand.

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In China

Among people born in China, Ching Shih ranks 222 out of 1,392Before her are Wang Xizhi (303), Emperor Qinzong (1100), Zhang Xueliang (1901), Külüg Khan (1281), 3rd Dalai Lama (1543), and Wei Yan (200). After her are Abaoji (872), Wang Yangming (1472), Zhang Zuolin (1875), Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Emperor Yuan of Han (-75), and Bi Sheng (990).

Among PIRATES In China

Among pirates born in China, Ching Shih ranks 1After her are Cheung Po Tsai (1783).