The Emperor Kang Xi
There were about five thousand years of resplendent civilization in the history of China, and 408 emperors (Kuaican) with forty (Dan) different dynasties were parts of it. Those emperors were like the stars of the Milky Way, as some of them were regard as real stars because of their feat, but some of them were looked as meteors from what they did. There was a twinkling superstar at the Milky Way of Chinese history. His name was Aixinjueluo Xuanye, who was also known as the Emperor Kang Xi. Aixinjueluo was his family name, which is a family name from an ethnic minority of China, Xuanye was his given name, and Kang Xi was the title of emperor’s region. He was the only emperor in ancient China who was interested in science and made a difference with it. He could speak at least five different languages of five different ethnic minorities of China, and he could also speak many different foreign languages. China was the strongest country in the world during the period which was dominated by the Emperor Kang Xi. He was the emperor who administrated a country and lived the longest in the history of ancient China (Yan). The purpose of this research paper is to introduce four events that happened in the Emperor Kang Xi’s life to make people understand the legendary life of him. First, it is necessary for readers to have the background information of the Qing Dynasty before reading four events that happened during the Emperor Kang Xi’s life. The Emperor Kang Xi was one of many emperors in the Qing Dynasty, and the Qing Dynasty was a part of Chinese history which was not known by most people who come from the countries rather than China. Therefore, it would be easier to learn the establishment of the Qing Dynasty before learning the life of the Emperor Kang Xi. “Before the establishment of the Qing Dynasty, there was a regime called 'Latter Jin' that had been set up by Nurhachu, leader of the Man Ethnic Minority. Actually, Man people were the offspring of the Nuzhen people who had always been living in Northeast China. After reunifying all the Nuzhen tribes, Nurhachu proclaimed himself as an emperor in 1616. Thus a new regime called Latter Jin was founded in Hetu Ala (in current Liaoning Province) during the reign of Emperor Shenzong of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). In 1636, Huang Taiji, son of Nurhachu moved the capital to Shenyang (currently the capital city of Liaoning Province) and changed the regime title into 'Qing'. He thus established the Qing Dynasty. In 1644 when peasant's uprising leader Li Zicheng ended the Ming Dynasty and set up a new regime in Beijing, the Qing army seduced a general named Wu Sangui to rebel against Li Zicheng. With Wu's help, the Qing army successfully captured Beijing and rooted their regime there. ” (“Qing Dynasty”) After knowing the establishment of the Qing Dynasty, it is clear that the Qing Dynasty was a dynasty which was dominated by an ethnic minority group. In China, the Han nationality was a majority group, and still is now. Any ethnic minority other than the Han nationality was regarded as the group made up by slaves. As it was mentioned, the Qing Dynasty was established by an ethnic minority called Manchurian. It is easy to imagine that how hard it was to administrate the country when the Han nationality made up the majority of the country, to an emperor who came from the Manchurian at that time. However, in China, people also believed that heroes were built by the situation. In that historic situation, the Emperor Kang Xi made a very good connection between the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. In addition, he also approved himself by bringing better lives than the emperor from the Ming Dynasty did to people. First, let us unveil the mysterious veil of the Emperor Kang Xi. He was chosen as an emperor when he was around eight years old. The reason why he could become an emperor at the age of eight was as follows: “Kang Xi (1654-1722) was the second emperor of the Qing...
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