Bao Si

Bao Si (褒姒) was the concubine of the ancient Chinese sovereign King You of Zhou. She was considered one of the most beautiful Chinese women ever. Legends record that during the last years...

Feng Xiaolian -Beautiful but Feckless

Feng Xiaolian (冯小怜? – 581 AD) was concubine to the penultimate Emperor Gao Wei of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD). Gao Wei was...

Liu Chuyu

Liu Chuyu (劉楚玉) (died 465), often known by her title Princess Shanyin (山陰公主) (even though her title at death was the greater title of Princess Kuaiji (會稽公主)), was a princess of...

Xia Ji: Femme Fatale of the Spring and Autumn Period

Xia Ji was said to be a pretty woman with a captivating beauty who was married 10 times. Some say that she caused the deaths...

Zhao Feiyan–Dancer on a Crystal Plate

The actual birth date of Zhao Feiyan is not known but it is assumed to be 32 BC. According to historical accounts, she was...

Sai Jinhua

Sai Jinhua (赛金花; "Prettier Than Golden Flower"; circa 1872-1936) was a Chinese courtesan who became the acquaintance of Alfred von Waldersee, a German field marshal who became Chief of the Imperial German...

Li Xiangjun

Li Xiangjun (李香君; 1624–1654) was a courtesan, singer, and musician during the Ming dynasty. Her life was dramatised in the play The Peach Blossom Fan. Li is referred to as Li Ji...

Chen Yuanyuan

Chen Yuanyuan (陈圆圆,1624–1681) was a courtesan who lived during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. She was the concubine of Wu Sangui, the Ming dynasty general who surrendered Shanhai Pass to the Manchu Qing dynasty, and...

Dong Xiaowan

Dong Xiaowan (1624–1651) was a Chinese courtesan, poet and writer, also known by her pen name Qinglian. Dong has been described as the most famous courtesan of her time, known...

Liu Rushi

To seek in the bright sky a place for freedom and unrestraint.  –  Liu Rushi, “On the Kite” The gender roles of traditional Asian cultures...

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