Emperor Gaozong of Tang

628 - 683

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Emperor Gaozong of Tang (21 July 628 – 27 December 683), personal name Li Zhi, was the third emperor of the Tang dynasty in China, ruling from 649 to 683; after January 665, he handed power over the empire to his second wife Empress Wu (the future Wu Zetian), and her decrees were carried out with greater force than the decrees of Emperor Gaozong's. Emperor Gaozong was the youngest son of Emperor Taizong and Empress Zhangsun; his elder brothers were Li Chengqian and Li Tai. Emperor Gaozong's reign saw the primacy of Empress Wu, who became the effective power behind the Tang rule. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Gaozong of Tang has received more than 635,975 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Emperor Gaozong of Tang is the 1,005th most popular politician (up from 1,126th in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from China (up from 80th in 2019) and the 39th most popular Chinese Politician.

Emperor Gaozong of Tang is most famous for being the emperor during the Tang Dynasty. He is also known for being the son of Li Shimin, the founder of the Tang Dynasty.

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Among politicians, Emperor Gaozong of Tang ranks 1,005 out of 15,710Before him are Alfonso VI of León and Castile, Jiang Qing, Æthelwulf, King of Wessex, Władysław III of Poland, Adolphe Thiers, and William Howard Taft. After him are Jérôme Bonaparte, Frederick III of Denmark, Dionysius I of Syracuse, Wojciech Jaruzelski, James I of Aragon, and Cambyses I.

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Among people born in 628, Emperor Gaozong of Tang ranks 1After him are Princess Wencheng and Benedict Biscop. Among people deceased in 683, Emperor Gaozong of Tang ranks 2Before him is Yazid I. After him are Pope Leo II, Umm Salama, Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal, and Uqba ibn Nafi.

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Among people born in China, Emperor Gaozong of Tang ranks 66 out of 1,186Before him are Zhang Fei (167), Emperor Yao (-2324), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), Wanli Emperor (1563), Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), and Jiang Qing (1914). After him are Han Fei (-280), Jet Li (1963), 5th Dalai Lama (1617), Sun Ce (175), Hua Guofeng (1921), and Xianfeng Emperor (1831).


Among politicians born in China, Emperor Gaozong of Tang ranks 39Before him are Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Emperor Yao (-2324), Wanli Emperor (1563), Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), and Jiang Qing (1914). After him are 5th Dalai Lama (1617), Hua Guofeng (1921), Xianfeng Emperor (1831), Li Si (-280), Xuande Emperor (1399), and Chongzhen Emperor (1611).