Emperor Zhenzong of Song

Jǐngdé (景德) 1004-1007

Dàzhōngxiángfú (大中 祥符) 1008-1016

Tiānxǐ (天禧) 1017-1021

Qianxing (干 兴) 1022

Zhenzong (Chinese真宗, Pinyin Zhenzong, W.-G. Zhenzong; born December 23, 968; † March 23, 1022 ) was since May 10, 997 of the third emperor of the ( Northern ) Song dynasty ( 960-1279 ). He was the son and successor of Emperor Taizong.

Life and work

Kaiser Zhenzong strengthened the governance and strengthened the power of the Song Dynasty - the country experienced a period of prosperity. Despite the increase in military power, the foreign policy of the song in Kaifeng (Chinese北宋, Pinyin In song ) was the Kita kingdom of Liao Dynasty less successful, it ended due to lossy fighting after initial successes in 1004 in the Treaty of Shanyuan ( Fujian Province, near Shaowu ), the quasi tantamount to humiliation. While the Treaty caused a hundred years of peace, but at the expense of the recognition of the Liao Empire Kita than the State politically more significant. To this end, an annual tribute payment of 2.84 tons of silver and 200,000 bales of silk had to be paid. Consent to own secondariness loaded foreign policy heavy, the tribute last emptied the treasury and completely paralyzed economy and trade.

Zhenzong favored Daoism at the imperial court. In 1004 he founded in Jingdezhen (Chinese景德镇 市, pinyin Jǐngdézhèn Shì ) in the north of Jiangxi Province 's most famous porcelain manufactory of China and the world, more than 900 years until the end of the Qing Dynasty - the end of the Chinese Empire - Porcelain produced for the imperial court. He also in 1011 and 1012 a shipment of 30,000 bushels (about 1,080 m³) to secure seed of a fast-growing type of rice from the province of Fujian to the lower Yangtze to, there to improve rice production and the diet of the population.