(Emperor of China (1908-12))
Birthday: February 7, 1906 (Aquarius)
Born In: Beijing, China
Puyi, also famous as Pu Yi, was the last Emperor of China who remained the 12th and last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty and second last Khan of Mongolia. He was hardly aged three when enthroned as emperor of Qing dynasty on the death day of his predecessor, Guangxu Emperor, in 1908 amidst a court controlled by Manchu conservatives with a growing restlessness and rebelliousness among public. His rule in China as Xuantong Emperor and in Mongolia as Khevt Yos Khan ended following ‘Xinhai Revolution’ when he was compelled to abdicate in February 1912, marking the end of both the imperial system and Qing rule of China. Qing Dynasty loyalist, General Zhang Xun, however, tried to restore him to the throne in the Manchu Restoration of 1917. Puyi left Beijing secretly in 1925 and moved to the Japanese Concession of Tianjin and from 1934 to 1945 remained the Emperor of Manchukuo, a puppet state of the Empire of Japan. Following establishment of People's Republic of China in 1949, Puyi was incarcerated for ten years as a war criminal. Later, he became member of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.