The phenomenal historical drama The King's Woman finally released its captivated fans from its clutches when it reached its long-anticipated ending. However, there are still some big questions left in the viewers' minds, such as, did Lady Li really exist? Previously, I wrote about King Ying Zheng's birth secret. Now, read on for more info about the other mysteries surrounding the legendary king who became the First Emperor of Qin.

<Spoiler Alert, in case you haven't watched the drama but are curious about it. >

Also, truth hurts! The King of Qin was truly a vicious tyrant despite his many accomplishments. Here, we're talking about King Ying Zheng, who later became First Emperor of Qin. You can read about the handsome and adorable actor who played him, Zhang Bin Bin, HERE.

5. How tall was King Ying Zheng? Why is this even a question?

The real assassination, as recorded in historical archives, was just as riveting as what was portrayed in the drama. 

As Jing Ke slowly unrolled the coveted map in front of the king, he was able to grasp the dagger hidden at the end of the scroll. He then grabbed the king's sleeve with his other hand and was about to strike. Meanwhile, the king couldn't draw out his sword to defend himself. Just as it seemed that Jing Ke would succeed, a royal doctor threw his medicine bag at Jing Ke and diverted his aim. By this time, the king had drawn his sword and used it to slash Jing Ke multiple times. Jing Ke was eventually killed by the surrounding soldiers.

Why did Ying Zheng have trouble drawing his sword? Wasn't he carrying a short sword? 

A possible answer came to light when a long sword was found in the First Emperor's famous tomb after it was excavated. It's now speculated that the king was wearing a long ceremonial sword that was too long to be easily pulled out, and that he was probably buried with his personal short sword. We won't know the final answer until his burial chamber is eventually opened. By measuring the length of the long sword, it is guess-estimated that the First Emperor could have been 190-cm tall. 

4. Did he send thousands of immortality seekers to Japan?

After the First Emperor unified the Warring States, he implemented many economic reforms to build a foundation for a unified China. Not one to rest on his laurels, he wanted to live forever and pursued immortality with a fervor, such as by ordering alchemists to make elixirs and pills.

He also reportedly sent six thousand young boys and girls to a paradise island to the east of the Chinese mainland in search of the secret of immortality. They never returned, and it's been speculated that some of them may have survived the journey to the Chinese East Sea and reached Japan, where their descendants may have lived on.

3. What are the treasures inside his burial chamber?

In 1974, construction workers accidentally found the emperor's tomb, located near Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. The massive underground structure is actually a huge palace for the Emperor to reside in his afterlife, along with an army of more than 8 thousand terracotta soldiers. The tomb took more than 30 years and 700,000 laborers to build. The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous travel destination. 

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However, the First Emperor's burial chamber has never been opened. Chinese archaeologists have performed tests around the burial chamber, but they do not feel ready to open it until they can be sure of fully preserving whatever treasures and relics are contained inside. For instance, the painted colors on the terracotta soldiers faded soon after excavation. It is also possible that the burial chamber may be protected with certain booby traps.

2. What was the author's real ending for the book? 

Incredibly, the imaginative story about the King of Qin, Lady Li, and Jing Ki was written by a businessman with a degree in electrical engineering.

Mr. Wen Shenren (aka Sayling Wen), 1948-2003, was a respected entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist, and author. He was awarded by the Republic of China for his achievement in contributing to Taiwan's economic growth. According to the bio listed on the cultural foundation established in his memory, "He was referred to as 'Tomorrow Warrior' due to his accomplishment in technology and his vision and devotion in culture promotion."

He wrote more than twenty books on business and education. Amazingly, he devoted his last years to writing The Legend of Qin, a martial arts romantic adventure series covering eight books, from Gongsun Li and Jing Ke's love story through the end of the Qin dynasty. Unfortunately, he died in 2003 at the age of 55 due to a sudden brain stem stroke. Although he had completed the full scope and initial draft, his masterpiece was completed with help posthumously. The eight books were first published in succession from 2005 through 2012 in Taiwan.

1. Did Gongsun Li exist?

As documented in Chinese history, Ying Zheng was the only emperor who never named a queen. The producer of The King's Woman has praised the original author for his creative imagination in finding what formal history did not cover but made it all seem plausible. 

Couldn't someone like Gongsun Li have existed over 2,000 years ago? With the author's vivid imagination and the fantastic performance seen in The King's Woman, it certainly makes us wonder.

Regardless of history, what is not a mystery is the strong chemistry between Dilraba Dilmurat and Zhang Bin Bin. They certainly made history with their amazing roles in The King's Woman.


The King's Woman - 秦时丽人明月心

Starring Dilraba Dilmurat and Zhang Bin Bin (Vin Zhang)

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