King Kang of Zhou

King Kang of Zhou, personal name Ji Zhao, was the third sovereign of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty[1] and son of King Cheng of Zhou.[2] The dates of his reign are 1020-996 BC or 1005–978 BC.[3]

King Kang of Zhou
King Kang of Zhou.jpg
King of China
Reign1020–996 BC
PredecessorKing Cheng of Zhou
SuccessorKing Zhao of Zhou
Died996 BC
SpouseWang Jiang
IssueKing Zhao of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Zhāo (釗)
HouseZhou Dynasty
FatherKing Cheng of Zhou
MotherWang Si

King Kang followed his father's policy and expanded the Zhou territory in the North and in the West.[4] He also repressed a rebellion in the east. Life prospered in the Zhou Dynasty under Kang’s rule.

His was succeeded by his son King Zhao of Zhou.[5]


  • Parents:
    • Prince Song (王子誦; 1060–1020 BC), ruled as King Cheng of Zhou from 1042–1021 BC
    • Wang Si, of the Si clan (王姒 姒姓)
  • Queens:
    • Wang Jiang, of the Jiang clan (王姜 姜姓), the mother of Crown Prince Xia
  • Sons:
    • Crown Prince Xia (太子瑕; 1027–977 BC), ruled as King Zhao of Zhou from 995–977 BC

See alsoEdit

  1. Family tree of ancient Chinese emperors


  1. ^ Chinn, Ann-ping (2007), The Authentic Confucius, Scribner, ISBN 0-7432-4618-7
  2. ^ Sử ký Tư Mã Thiên những điều chưa biết - Chu bản kỷ, Bùi Hạnh Cẩn - Việt Anh dịch (2005), NXB Văn hoá thông tin
  3. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China
  4. ^ Confucius & Confucianism: The Essentials by Lee Dian Rainey
  5. ^ Chin, Annping. (2007). The Authentic Confucius. Scrubner. ISBN 0-7432-4618-7
King Kang of Zhou
 Died: 996 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Cheng of Zhou
King of China
1020–996 BC
Succeeded by
King Zhao of Zhou