Top 10 famous generals of ancient China

By Xu Lin
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Qi Jiguang 戚继光

Qi Jiguang was best remembered for and most credited with his courage and leadership in the fight against the Japanese Wokou pirates along the southeast coast of China in over 80 wars for more than ten years, as well as his reinforcement work on the Great Wall of China to guard the borders for peace. Although he wasn't the only general involved in the effort, many historians regarded him as the one who contributed the most. Historians also held that Wokou interference ended during his lifetime. He died of illness on January 5, 1588, after he resigned and returned to his hometown.Qi Jiguang (1528-1588), also known as Yuanjing, Nantang and Mengzhu, was a Chinese military general and national hero during the Ming Dynasty. He was born in Shandong, and his father Qi Jingtong was a water transport official.

Not only a brilliant general, Qi Jiguang also left behind invaluable practical experience in two books on military strategy – "Ji Xiao Xin Shu" (New Book of Efficiency) and "Lian Bing Shi Ji" (Record of Military Training). He also wrote a great number of poems and prose, which were compiled into the "Collection of Zhizhi Hall."

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