Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fu Kangan

Fu Kang'an ; ? - 1796) was born in Beijing and the third son of Fuheng, a grand minister of state during the middle years of Qianlong's reign. Fu held various eminent offices, including Governor-General, Viceroy of Liangjiang and Viceroy of Liangguang. It was rumoured that Fu was indeed an illegitmate son of Qianlong Emperor and the emperor entrusted his son to the then most eminent and powerful . Although the story has never been proved true, it is a fact that Fu was the emperor's most favoured general during his reign.


Crushing of Taiwan rebellion

*In 1787, 300,000 people took part in an armed insurrection in Taiwan against the Qing government. Fu Kangan commanded 20,000 troops and put down the rebellion in Taiwan.

Liberation of Tibet

*In 1790, Nepal's Gurkha army invaded Tibet and Jamphel Gyatso, the 8th Dalai Lama, escaped from Lhasa and appealed to the Qing government for help. Qianlong Emperor appointed Fu Kangan commander-in-chief of the Tibetan campaign and Fu not only defeated the Gurkha army and liberated Tibet but also conquered Nepal.

Fu Kangan in popular culture

*Princess Pearl: Both 's and Taiwan's produced historical dramas about Fu Kangan. The CCTV series ran for 120 episodes in 1998.

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