The Empress of China

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  • Title: 武媚娘传奇 / Wu Mei Niang Chuan Qi
  • English title: The Empress of China
  • Genre: Romance, historical
  • Episodes: 96
  • Broadcast network: Hunan TV
  • Broadcast period: 2014-Dec-21 to 2015-Feb-03
  • Air time: 20:00-21:00
  • Opening theme song: Qian Qiu (千秋) by Sun Nan
  • Ending theme song: Wu Zi Bei (无字碑) by Jane Zhang
  • Related shows: Wu Ze Tian


Before she was the most famous female ruler in Chinese history, Wu Mei Liang was a typical woman that enters the palace. She vies for her husbands' love and a friendship she shares with her friend. While her first husband kept her at arm's length by a prophecy foretelling a woman of Wu stealing the Tang Dynasty, her second husband which is the son of her first husband welcomes her with open arms. During her time as a minor consort to Li Shi Min, she learned how an effective Emperor rule his court. Using that knowledge, she helped Li Zhi take back power from his Regent, and herself into the position of Empress meanwhile revenging for her daughter's death. She co-ruled with Li Zhi until his death, after which she ruled the country in her own right.


Li Shi Min's harem
Li Zhi's harem
Tang Court

Production Credits


  • 01/03/2015: Immediately after the show's broadcast, Empress of China was censored for revealing female costumes. Hunan TV suspended the broadcast for a week to reformat the screenshot to show less cleavage.

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