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

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 the Chinesedynasty Liu Song, as the daughter of Emperor Xiaowu.

Xia Ji: Femme Fatale of the Spring and Autumn Period

Different from other beauties with good and bad points recorded in ancient Chinese history, all surviving stories about Xia Ji were negative. She was said to have wreaked havoc on some of the most powerful men at that time in the most manipulative manner.

Zhao Feiyan–Dancer on a Crystal Plate

She became a dancing girl there, and she received the name that she would become known for—Feiyan (literally, flying swallow) because she was so slender and so agile in dance that she was like a flying swallow.

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.

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

Yang Ai was born in 1618 to a poor family of Zhejiang province, but her exceptional looks and intelligence allowed her family to sell her at the age of eight to the courtesan Xu Fo for training in the profession. 

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