Qing dynasty

Great Qing

Flag of Qing dynasty
Flag (1889–1912)
Anthem: 《鞏金甌》
"Gong Jin'ou"
(English: "Cup of Solid Gold")
Qing dynasty of China in 1765.
Qing dynasty of China in 1765.
CapitalShengjing (Fengtian Prefecture)
Peking (Shuntian Prefecture)
Common languagesMandarin, Manchu, Mongolian, Tibetan, Chagatai, [1] numerous regional languages and varieties of Chinese
Heaven worship, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Shamanism, Christianity, others
• 1636–1643
Hong Taiji (founder)
• 1644–1661
Fulin (first in Peking)
• 1661–1722
Xuanye (longest)
• 1723–1735
• 1736–1796
• 1796–1820
• 1821–1850
• 1851–1861
• 1862–1875
• 1875–1908
• 1908–1912
Puyi (last)
• 1643–1650
Dorgon, Prince Rui
• 1908–1912
Zaifeng, Prince Chun
Prime Minister 
• 1911
Yikuang, Prince Qing
• 1911–1912
Yuan Shikai
Historical eraLate modern
• Later Jin rule
• Dynasty established
April 1636
1 August 1894 – 17 April 1895
10 October 1911
12 February 1912
1790[2]13,100,000 km2 (5,100,000 sq mi)
1820[3]12,160,000 km2 (4,700,000 sq mi)
• 1740
• 1790
• 1898
CurrencyCash (wén)
Tael (liǎng)
Paper money
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Later Jin
Shun dynasty
Southern Ming
Dzungar Khanate
Republic of China

The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing (ŋ/), was the last imperial dynasty of China. It was established in 1636, and ruled China proper from 1644 to 1912. It was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China. The Qing multi-cultural empire lasted for almost three centuries and formed the territorial base for modern China. It was the fifth largest empire in world history. The dynasty was founded by the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan in Manchuria. In the late sixteenth century, Nurhaci, originally a Ming Jianzhou Guard vassal, began organizing "Banners", military-social units that included Manchu, Han, and Mongol elements. Nurhaci formed the Manchu clans into a unified entity and officially proclaimed the Later Jin in 1616. By 1636, his son Hong Taiji began driving Ming forces out of the Liaodong Peninsula and declared a new dynasty, the Qing.

In an unrelated development, peasant rebels led by Li Zicheng conquered the Ming capital, Beijing, in 1644. Rather than serve them, Ming general Wu Sangui made an alliance with the Manchus and opened the Shanhai Pass to the Banner Armies led by the regent Prince Dorgon. He defeated the rebels and seized the capital. Resistance from the Southern Ming and the Revolt of the Three Feudatories led by Wu Sangui delayed the Qing conquest of China proper by nearly four decades. The conquest was only completed in 1683 under the Kangxi Emperor (1661–1722). The Ten Great Campaigns of the Qianlong Emperor from the 1750s to the 1790s extended Qing control into Inner Asia. During the peak of the Qing dynasty, the empire ruled over the entirety of today's Mainland China, Hainan, Taiwan, Mongolia, Outer Manchuria and Outer Northwest China.

The early Qing rulers maintained their Manchu customs, and while their title was Emperor, they used "Bogd khaan" when dealing with the Mongols and they were patrons of Tibetan Buddhism. They governed using Confucian styles and institutions of bureaucratic government and retained the imperial examinations to recruit Han Chinese to work under or in parallel with Manchus. They also adapted the ideals of the Chinese tributary system in dealing with neighboring territories.

During the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796), the dynasty reached its apogee, but then began its initial decline in prosperity and imperial control. The population rose to some 400 million, but taxes and government revenues were fixed at a low rate, virtually guaranteeing eventual fiscal crisis. Corruption set in, rebels tested government legitimacy, and ruling elites failed to change their mindsets in the face of changes in the world system. Following the Opium Wars, European powers imposed "unequal treaties", free trade, extraterritoriality and treaty ports under foreign control. The Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864) and the Dungan Revolt (1862–1877) in Central Asia led to the deaths of some 20 million people, most of them due to famines caused by war. In spite of these disasters, in the Tongzhi Restoration of the 1860s, Han Chinese elites rallied to the defense of the Confucian order and the Qing rulers. The initial gains in the Self-Strengthening Movement were destroyed in the First Sino-Japanese War of 1895, in which the Qing lost its influence over Korea and the possession of Taiwan. New Armies were organized, but the ambitious Hundred Days' Reform of 1898 was turned back in a coup by the conservative Empress Dowager Cixi. When the Scramble for Concessions by foreign powers triggered the violently anti-foreign "Boxers", the foreign powers invaded China, Cixi declared war on them, leading to defeat and the flight of the Imperial Court to Xi'an.

After agreeing to sign the Boxer Protocol, the government initiated unprecedented fiscal and administrative reforms, including elections, a new legal code, and abolition of the examination system. Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionaries competed with constitutional monarchists such as Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao to transform the Qing Empire into a modern nation. After the deaths of Cixi and the Guangxu Emperor in 1908, the hardline Manchu court alienated reformers and local elites alike by obstructing social reform. The Wuchang Uprising on 11 October 1911, led to the Xinhai Revolution. General Yuan Shikai negotiated the abdication of Puyi, the last emperor, on 12 February 1912. A failed attempt at restoring the Qing dynasty happened in July 1917 when Zhang Xun reinstalled Puyi to the throne for 12 days.

Qing dynasty
Chinese name
Dynastic name
Mongolian name
Mongolian CyrillicДайчин улс
Mongolian scriptᠳᠠᠶᠢᠴᠢᠩ
Manchu name
Manchu scriptᡩᠠᡳ᠌ᠴᡳᠩ
AbkaiDaiqing gurun
MöllendorffDaicing gurun
History of China
History of China
Neolithic c. 8500 – c. 2070 BCE
Xia c. 2070 – c. 1600 BCE
Shang c. 1600 – c. 1046 BCE
Zhou c. 1046 – 256 BCE
 Western Zhou
 Eastern Zhou
   Spring and Autumn
   Warring States
Qin 221–206 BCE
Han 202 BCE – 220 CE
  Western Han
  Eastern Han
Three Kingdoms 220–280
  Wei, Shu and Wu
Jin 265–420
  Western Jin
  Eastern JinSixteen Kingdoms
Northern and Southern dynasties
Sui 581–618
Tang 618–907
  (Wu Zhou 690–705)
Five Dynasties and
Ten Kingdoms

Liao 916–1125
Song 960–1279
  Northern SongWestern Xia
  Southern SongJin
Yuan 1271–1368
Ming 1368–1644
Qing 1636–1912
Republic of China 1912–1949
People's Republic of China 1949–present


Nurhaci declared himself the "Bright Khan" of the Later Jin (lit. "gold") state in honor both of the 12th–13th century Jurchen Jin dynasty and of his Aisin Gioro clan (Aisin being Manchu for the Chinese (jīn, "gold")).[4] His son Hong Taiji renamed the dynasty Great Qing in 1636.[5] There are competing explanations on the meaning of Qīng (lit. "clear" or "pure"). The name may have been selected in reaction to the name of the Ming dynasty (), which consists of the Chinese characters for "sun" () and "moon" (), both associated with the fire element of the Chinese zodiacal system. The character Qīng () is composed of "water" () and "azure" (), both associated with the water element. This association would justify the Qing conquest as defeat of fire by water. The water imagery of the new name may also have had Buddhist overtones of perspicacity and enlightenment and connections with the Bodhisattva Manjusri.[6] The Manchu name daicing, which sounds like a phonetic rendering of Dà Qīng or Dai Ching, may in fact have been derived from a Mongolian word "ᠳᠠᠢᠢᠴᠢᠨ, дайчин" that means "warrior". Daicing gurun may therefore have meant "warrior state", a pun that was only intelligible to Manchu and Mongol people. In the later part of the dynasty, however, even the Manchus themselves had forgotten this possible meaning.[7]

The chapter China (中國) in a Chinese, Manchu, and Mongolian languages (trilingual) textbook published during the Qing dynasty; the passage displayed above reads: "Our country China is located in East Asia ... For 5000 years, culture flourished (in the land of China) ... Since we are Chinese, how can we not love China."

After conquering "China proper", the Manchus identified their state as "China" (中國, Zhōngguó; "Middle Kingdom"), and referred to it as Dulimbai Gurun in Manchu (Dulimbai means "central" or "middle," gurun means "nation" or "state"). The emperors equated the lands of the Qing state (including present-day Northeast China, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Tibet and other areas) as "China" in both the Chinese and Manchu languages, defining China as a multi-ethnic state, and rejecting the idea that "China" only meant Han areas. The Qing emperors proclaimed that both Han and non-Han peoples were part of "China". They used both "China" and "Qing" to refer to their state in official documents, international treaties (as the Qing was known internationally as "China"[8] or the "Chinese Empire"[9]) and foreign affairs, and "Chinese language" (Manchu: ᡩᡠᠯᡳᠮᠪᠠᡳ
ᡤᡠᡵᡠᠨ ‍ᡳ
Dulimbai gurun i bithe) included Chinese, Manchu, and Mongol languages, and "Chinese people" (中國之人 Zhōngguó zhī rén; Manchu: Dulimbai gurun i niyalma) referred to all subjects of the empire.[10] In the Chinese-language versions of its treaties and its maps of the world, the Qing government used "Qing" and "China" interchangeably.[11] The dynasty was sometimes referred to as the "Manchu dynasty"[12] or "Pure dynasty" in foreign-language sources.[13]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Qing-dinastie
Alemannisch: Qing-Dynastie
aragonés: Dinastía Qing
asturianu: Dinastía Qing
azərbaycanca: Tzin sülaləsi
Bân-lâm-gú: Chheng-kok
башҡортса: Цин империяһы
беларуская: Імперыя Цын
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Дынастыя Цын
български: Цин (17-20 век)
bosanski: Dinastija Qing
brezhoneg: Tierniezh Qing
català: Dinastia Qing
čeština: Říše Čching
Deutsch: Qing-Dynastie
español: Dinastía Qing
Esperanto: Dinastio Qing
euskara: Qing dinastia
Fiji Hindi: Qing Dynasty
français: Dynastie Qing
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Chhîn-chhèu
한국어: 청나라
hrvatski: Dinastija Qing
Bahasa Indonesia: Dinasti Qing
íslenska: Tjingveldið
italiano: Dinastia Qing
къарачай-малкъар: Цин династия
Kiswahili: Nasaba ya Qing
Кыргызча: Цин империясы
Latina: Domus Qing
latviešu: Cjinu dinastija
მარგალური: ცინიშ დინასტია
مازِرونی: چینگ سلسله
Bahasa Melayu: Dinasti Qing
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Chĭng-dièu
монгол: Чин улс
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ချင်းမင်းဆက်
Nederlands: Qing-dynastie
नेपाली: चिङ वंश
नेपाल भाषा: चिङ्ग राजवंश
norsk nynorsk: Qing
occitan: Dinastia Qing
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Sin (sulola)
پنجابی: چنگ سلطنت
ភាសាខ្មែរ: រាជវង្សឆេង
Plattdüütsch: Qing-Dynastie
português: Dinastia Qing
română: Dinastia Qing
русский: Империя Цин
Simple English: Qing dynasty
slovenčina: Čching
slovenščina: Dinastija Čing
српски / srpski: Династија Ћинг
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Dinastija Qing
svenska: Qingdynastin
татарча/tatarça: Чиң династиясе
Türkçe: Çing Hanedanı
Türkmençe: Sin nasilşalygy
українська: Династія Цін
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: چىڭ سۇلالىسى
Vahcuengh: Cingciuz
Tiếng Việt: Nhà Thanh
吴语: 清朝
粵語: 大清
žemaitėška: Čing dinastėjė
中文: 清朝