Wanli Emperor

1563 - 1620

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The Wanli Emperor (Chinese: 萬曆帝; pinyin: Wànlì Dì; 4 September 1563 – 18 August 1620), personal name Zhu Yijun (Chinese: 朱翊鈞; pinyin: Zhū Yìjūn), was the 14th Emperor of the Ming dynasty, reigned from 1572 to 1620. "Wanli", the era name of his reign, literally means "ten thousand calendars". He was the third son of the Longqing Emperor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wanli Emperor has received more than 392,780 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Wanli Emperor is the 966th most popular politician (up from 987th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from China (up from 67th in 2019) and the 36th most popular Chinese Politician.

Wanli Emperor is most famous for the Wanli Reforms. These reforms were a series of changes that he made to the Ming Dynasty.

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Among politicians, Wanli Emperor ranks 966 out of 15,710Before him are Jeongjo of Joseon, John II of Portugal, Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, Ptolemy IV Philopator, George II of Greece, and Critias. After him are Christian I of Denmark, Handan Sultan, Peter III of Aragon, Shoshenq I, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, and Louis IV of France.

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Among people born in 1563, Wanli Emperor ranks 1After him are John Dowland, Orazio Gentileschi, Johannes Althusius, Henry II, Duke of Lorraine, Mavro Orbini, Guru Arjan, Andrew Báthory, Hosokawa Gracia, Jodocus Hondius, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, and Hosokawa Tadaoki. Among people deceased in 1620, Wanli Emperor ranks 2Before him is Simon Stevin. After him are Mahfiruz Hatun, William Adams, Taichang Emperor, Stanisław Żółkiewski, Louise de Coligny, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, and Thomas Campion.

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Among people born in China, Wanli Emperor ranks 63 out of 1,186Before him are Gao Xingjian (1940), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Padmasambhava (717), Zhang Fei (167), Emperor Yao (-2324), and Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029). After him are Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Gaozong of Tang (628), Han Fei (-280), Jet Li (1963), and 5th Dalai Lama (1617).


Among politicians born in China, Wanli Emperor ranks 36Before him are Xiang Yu (-232), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Jiaqing Emperor (1760), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Guangxu Emperor (1871), and Emperor Yao (-2324). After him are Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Gaozong of Tang (628), 5th Dalai Lama (1617), Hua Guofeng (1921), and Xianfeng Emperor (1831).