685 - 762
Chinese Emperor

Huang-tsung (also Xuanzong) was a powerful emperor of the Tang dynasty. His reign was the longest during the Tang Dynasty (712-756). He built an extensive canal network and Tang China reached its greatest prosperity and power.

Under him the famous Han-lin academy in Chang-an was established and the first newspaper in the world printed. Chang-an became the largest city in the world (see map below) After his death a period of neglect and rebellion followed and the Tang dynasty declined. Map of Tang China

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