Emperor Taizong of Tang


Taizong (birth name, Li-Shimin, l. 598-649 CE, r. 626-649 CE) was the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty and is considered one of the greatest rulers in Chinese history for his reforms of the government and the laws, his religious tolerance, and the prosperity China enjoyed under his reign.

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  • 598 - 649
    Life of Li-Shimin, Emperor Taizong of China.
  • 626 - 649
    Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
  • 630
    Taizong defeats the Goturks.
  • 634
    Taizong signs peace treaty between Tibet and China.
  • 638
    Taizong meets Wu Zhao, the future empress Wu Zetian.
  • c. 638
    Wu Zhao becomes concubine of Emperor Taizong.
  • 640 - 649
    Taizong's military campaigns in the Tarim Basin which is annexed to China.