Longqing Emperor

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Longqing Emperor (1537-1572) was the 12th emperor of China (Ming dynasty) between 1567-1572. Born Zhu Zaihou, he was the Jiajing Emperor's son.

Realizing the depth of chaos his father's long reign had caused, Longqing set about reforming the government and employing talented officials in hopes of mending the situation. He reinstigated trade with other empires in Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia and he also reinforced border security and nominated several generals to patrol the border.

Emperor Longqing died in 1572 after a short reign of only 6 years and was succeeded by his son. He is generally considered one of a few good emperors of the Ming dynasty. Unfortunately, the country was still in decline due to corruption at the ruling class. He was buried in Zhaoling (昭陵)。


Preceded by:
Jiajing Emperor
Emperor of China
(Ming Dynasty)
1567–1572
Succeeded by:
Wanli Emperor

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