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King Tai Wu-- Remarkable Monarch Inspired by Supernatural Power 

King Tai Wu was the 9th monarch of the Shang Dynasty in the history of China.

 

Born into a royal family and raised as an heir of the empire, he didn’t do well in the beginning. Partly because he was still a teenager when he ascended the throne, he paid more attention to have fun or pursue a fancy lifestyle, instead of political issues and administration works. 

 

One day, a paper mulberry grew under a big mulberry in Tai Wu’s palace; more surprisingly, those two trees grew very tall within 7 days. In the era when people highly respect and worship supernatural powers, the young king was quite scared. 

 

His most important assistant minister, Yi Yin’s son, then told the young king that this unusual phenomenon happened because the king did something wrong, politically. In order to suppress those abnormal monsters, Tai Wu started to listen to his intelligent minister and work diligently.

 

Delightfully, those two unusual trees withered very soon after he became a good king. 

 

Consequently, in the following 75 years of him wearing the crown, Tai Wu was always diligent and caring. Agriculture, handicrafts and culture all dramatically developed within his ruling period.

 

Though the original incentive of being a good king was quite funny and childish from a modern perspective, King Tai Wu was a decent monarch afterwards and brought his people wealthy lives for nearly a century. 

 

King Pan Geng -- Monarch of Renascent

After Tai Wu’s son, the tenth king of the Shang Dynasty, passed away, the primogeniture inherits system was abolished by some powerful royal members. The 10th king’s brothers, uncles and even cousins all fought over the throne, which caused a huge decline for the empire.

 

Consequently, the kingdom experienced many chaos and nearly all the vassal states stopped paying tribute to the royal family. 

 

Pan Geng was the twentieth king of the Shang Dynasty in the history of China, who ascended the throne after his brother king passed away. In order to ameliorate the current situation, he insisted to move the capital to another place in China where was more agriculture and military friendly, after intense debates and fights with many noble clans and people who strongly disagreed to move. 

Soon, this migration proved to be a smart and contributive decision. Previous chaos and stubborn nobles were left in the old place, while a brand new capital with abundant material and hardworking people was established. 

 

Besides moving to the new capital, King Pan was also a frugal, hardworking and caring monarch. All the vassal states started to visit and pay tribute again, because of respecting and worshiping Pan Geng’s exceptional achievements and ability. He was one of the most influential and remarkable kings in Shang Dynasty of the history of China, who brought back his kingdom the long lost power and prosperity.