Zhang Qian

200 BC - 114 BC

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Zhang Qian (Chinese: 張騫; died c. 114 BC) was a Chinese official and diplomat who served as an imperial envoy to the world outside of China in the late 2nd century BC during the Han dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhang Qian has received more than 360,334 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Zhang Qian is the 45th most popular explorer (up from 46th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from China (up from 122nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Explorer.

Zhang Qian is most famous for his expedition to the west and his discovery of the Silk Road.

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  • 74.38

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.65

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among explorers, Zhang Qian ranks 45 out of 405Before him are Ingólfr Arnarson, Martin Behaim, Antonio Pigafetta, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Jacob Roggeveen, and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. After him are Robert Falcon Scott, Henry Hudson, Sven Hedin, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, and Diego de Almagro.

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Among people born in 200 BC, Zhang Qian ranks 4Before him are Judas Maccabeus, Lentulus Batiatus, and Patanjali. After him are Gaius Claudius Glaber, Mattathias, John Hyrcanus, Timaeus of Locri, Nicomedes IV of Bithynia, Eumenes III, Leonidas of Rhodes, and Micipsa. Among people deceased in 114 BC, Zhang Qian ranks 1

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In China

Among people born in China, Zhang Qian ranks 108 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), Jingtai Emperor (1428), Soong Ching-ling (1893), Zhao Ziyang (1919), Emperor Xian of Han (181), and Jiajing Emperor (1507). After him are Chenghua Emperor (1447), Dorgon (1612), An Lushan (702), Lin Biao (1907), Soong Mei-ling (1897), and Cao Rui (205).

Among EXPLORERS In China

Among explorers born in China, Zhang Qian ranks 3Before him are Zheng He (1387) and Xuanzang (602). After him are Gan Ying (100) and Ma Huan (1380).