Wang Qinghui

Wang Qinghui (Chinese: 王清惠; 1264–1288) was a concubine of Emperor Duzong of the Chinese Song dynasty, who was also a skilled composer of poems and lyrics.[1] After the invasion of Lin'an by the newly proclaimed Yuan Empire in 1276, she was taken north to the Yuan capital of Dadu.[2] She composed her lyric to the tune of Manjianghong during the humiliating journey north. She also instructed the child emperor Gongdi in Confucian classics and Poetry.

Wang Qinghui
Pen nameWang Zhaoyi
PeriodSong dynasty
SpouseEmperor Duzong of Song

While in the north she developed a friendship with her former court companion Wang Yuanliang. During this time she went by the nickname Wang Zhaoyi (王昭儀) (English: The Brilliant Companion). Yuanliang was released after twelve years, after which Wang Qinghui followed him south and adopted Daoism.


  1. ^ Thompson, John. "Rao Zongyi: An Historical Account of the Qin". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ Lily Xiao Hong Lee (2014). Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: Tang Through Ming, 618-1644. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 0765643162.