He was the first man to rule over a united China after years of separate states warring with each other. Qin Shi Huang’s life and legacy have been subjected to much study, and for good reason. He oversaw massive construction projects which still exist today and he helped shape China’s history to an extent that very few others have done. Read on to discover more about this legendary emperor!
1. An Emperor by Any Other Name
Qin Shi Huang’s name means “First Emperor of Qin”. As you can imagine, he only took this name when he assumed power. His birth name was either Ying Zheng or Zhao Zheng, depending on who’s writing.