The only female monarch in Chinese history, Wu Zetian was the cairen, a fifth grade concubine of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)) of Emperor Taizong, and then ascended to empress of Emperor Gaozong, son of Emperor Taizong.
She established the Zhou Dynasty which existed for 15 years from 690 to 705, with Luoyang as the capital. She was diligent in state affairs, which laid a foundation for the later 'Heyday of Kaiyuan' in Emperor Xuanzong's rule.
I have tried this week in Beijing to follow her footsteps and my friends, not bad, not a bad life at all!
Also find in the last post pod this newsletter some powerful, glamourous ,elegant and fine jewelled contemporary Chinese empresses. Enjoy!