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.

Pan Jinlian

Pan Jinlian has become perhaps the most controversial fictional woman in today's China. Pan Jinlian is one of the few women characters in Shi Nai'an's Water Margins (Outlaws of Marsh) written around 1500 about a hundred and eight rebels against the establishment and ironically their demise after being offered amnesty.

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