Bao Zheng

Politician

0999 – 1062

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Who was Bao Zheng?

Bao Zheng, commonly known as Bao Gong, was a government officer during the reign of Emperor Renzong in ancient China's Song Dynasty. During his twenty five years in civil service, Bao consistently demonstrated extreme honesty and uprightness, with actions such as sentencing his own uncle, impeaching an uncle of Emperor Renzong's favourite concubine and punishing powerful families. His appointment from 1057 to 1058 as the prefect of Song's capital Kaifeng, where he initiated a number of changes to better hear the grievances of the people, made him a legendary figure.

Nicknamed "Clear Sky Bao", Bao Zheng today is respected as the cultural symbol of justice in Greater China. His largely fictionalized gong'an and wuxia stories have appeared in a variety of different literary and dramatic mediums, and have enjoyed sustained popularity.

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Born
Apr 11, 0999
Hefei
Also known as
  • Bao Gong
  • Clear Sky Bao
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Nationality
  • China
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Died
May 20, 1062
Kaifeng

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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