Yu the Great

2123 BC - 2055 BC

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Yu the Great (大禹) was a legendary king in ancient China who was famed for his introduction of flood control, his establishment of the Xia dynasty which inaugurated dynastic rule in China, and his upright moral character. He figures prominently in the Chinese legend of "Great Yu Who Controlled the Waters" (Chinese: 大禹治水; pinyin: Dà Yǔ Zhì Shuǐ). The dates which have been proposed for Yu's reign predate the oldest-known written records in China, the oracle bones of the late Shang dynasty, by nearly a millennium. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yu the Great has received more than 976,601 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Yu the Great is the 1,800th most popular politician (down from 1,045th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from China (down from 74th in 2019) and the 87th most popular Chinese Politician.

Yu the Great is most famous for his work in controlling the flooding of the Yellow River.

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Among politicians, Yu the Great ranks 1,800 out of 15,710Before him are Amalric of Jerusalem, Rastislav of Moravia, Michael VI Bringas, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Michael V Kalaphates. After him are Fanny Kaplan, Sanakht, Carloman, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Publius Clodius Pulcher, and James IV of Scotland.

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Among people born in 2123 BC, Yu the Great ranks 1 Among people deceased in 2055 BC, Yu the Great ranks 1After him are Neferkare II, Qakare Ibi, and Neferirkare.

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Among people born in China, Yu the Great ranks 135 out of 1,186Before him are Zhengde Emperor (1491), Temür Khan (1265), Mo Yan (1955), Liu Shan (207), Ma Chao (176), and Wang Wei (699). After him are 1st Dalai Lama (1391), Li Keqiang (1955), Wang Zhaojun (-50), Zhang Liao (169), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), and Shen Kuo (1031).


Among politicians born in China, Yu the Great ranks 87Before him are Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), Zhengde Emperor (1491), Temür Khan (1265), Liu Shan (207), and Ma Chao (176). After him are 1st Dalai Lama (1391), Li Keqiang (1955), Wang Zhaojun (-50), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), and Hongzhi Emperor (1470).