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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 Western Han dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhang Qian has received more than 400,576 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 40 in 2019). Zhang Qian is the 41st most popular explorer (up from 45th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from China (down from 108th 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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  • 400k

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  • 66.36

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 39

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.21

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among explorers, Zhang Qian ranks 41 out of 405Before him are Juan Ponce de León, Jan van Riebeeck, Robert Falcon Scott, Martin Behaim, Ernest Shackleton, and Hanno the Navigator. After him are Ingólfr Arnarson, Sven Hedin, William Baffin, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Giovanni da Verrazzano, 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, Eumenes III, Nicomedes IV of Bithynia, Timaeus of Locri, Micipsa, and Antipater of Sidon. Among people deceased in 114 BC, Zhang Qian ranks 1After him is Yizhixie.

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In China

Among people born in China, Zhang Qian ranks 123 out of 1,392Before him are Shen Kuo (1031), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), I. M. Pei (1917), Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), and Li Xiannian (1909). After him are Sun Jian (155), Zhou Yu (175), Temür Khan (1265), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Hu Yaobang (1915), and Sun Ce (175).

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).