Later Shu

Shu (referred to as Later Shu (simplified Chinese: 后蜀; traditional Chinese: 後蜀; pinyin: Hòu Shǔ) to differentiate it from other states named Shu in Chinese history), also known as Meng Shu (Chinese: 孟蜀), was one of the Ten Kingdoms during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in China. It was located in present-day Sichuan with its capital in Chengdu and lasted from 934 to 965. It was the fourth and latest state of this name on the same territory.

Later Shu shown in light red
Later Shu shown in light red
Common languagesBa-Shu Chinese
• 934
Emperor Gaozu
• 934–965
Emperor Houzhu
Historical eraFive Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period
• Established in Chengdu
934 934
• Surrendered to Song
965 965
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Later Tang
Song Dynasty
Today part ofChina

Background and foundingEdit

The other Shu kingdom of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, today known as the Former Shu, was founded in 907 after the end of the Tang dynasty. It was conquered in 925 by the Later Tang, the second of the five dynasties that would rule the Central Plain during this period.

Meng Zhixiang, one of the Later Tang military governors assigned to the conquered Shu territories, became remarkably powerful in the years following the invasion. In 930 he entered into open rebellion with fellow military governor Dong Zhang; although their rebellion was initially successful, Meng wished to submit once more to the rule of the Later Tang and so in 932 the two rebel leaders turned on each other. Meng defeated Dong and, in addition to taking control of Dong's lands, was given even greater authority than before by the Later Tang government. This arrangement did not last long: in December of 933 the emperor Li Siyuan died of an illness and was succeeded by the 19-year-old Li Conghou, and in the spring of 934 Meng declared himself the Emperor of a newly independent Shu.

Territorial ExtentEdit

The Later Shu kingdom held essentially the same territory as the Former Shu kingdom. The kingdom held most of present-day Sichuan, along with southern Gansu and Shaanxi, western Hubei and all of present-day Chongqing. As with the Former Shu, the capital of the kingdom was at Chengdu.


Meng Zhixiang died less than a year after declaring himself emperor of Shu. His son Meng Chang ruled for thirty years until the kingdom was invaded by and incorporated into the expanding Song empire in 965.

Rulers of the Later ShuEdit

Temple name Posthumous name Family name and given name Reign Era names and their corresponding years
高祖 Emperor Wénwǔ Shèngdé Yīngliè Míngxiào (文武聖德英烈明孝皇帝) Mèng Zhīxíang (孟知祥) 934 Míngdé (明德) 934
後主 Prince Gongxiao of Chu (楚恭孝王) Mèng Chǎng (孟昶) 934–965 Míngdé (明德) 934–938

Guǎngzhèng (廣政) 938–965

Rulers family treeEdit

Later Shu
Li Keyong
Lady Li
Meng Zhixiang
孟知祥 874–934

Gaozu 高祖
Dowager Li

李太后 d.965
Meng Chang 孟昶 919–965
Houzhu 后主
Consort Xu 徐惠妃 c.940–976
Madame Huarui
Meng Xuanzhe
孟玄喆 937-991
Duke of Teng 滕國公


  • Mote, F.W. (1999). Imperial China (900–1800). Harvard University Press. pp. 11–15. ISBN 0-674-01212-7.

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