Sun Yaoting

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Sun Yaoting
Born September 29, 1902
Tianjin, Jinghai County, China
Died December 17, 1996 (aged 94)
Beijing, China
Occupation Imperial court eunuch
Known for The last Eunuch of China

Sun Yaoting (Traditional Chinese: 孫耀庭, Simplified Chinese: 孙耀庭, Hanyu Pinyin: Sūn Yàotíng, Wade-Giles: Sun Yao-t'ing; September 29, 1902 – December 17, 1996) was the last surviving imperial eunuch of Chinese history. He was castrated at the age of eight by his father[1] with a single swoop of a razor, mere months before the final emperor was deposed. [2][3][4]

The 1988 dramatic film Lai Shi, China's Last Eunuch is based on Sun Yaoting's life.


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  2. ^ "Castration secrets of China's last eunuch revealed". ABC Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  3. ^ Faison, Seth (1996-12-20). "The Death of the Last Emperor's Last Eunuch". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  4. ^ Yinghua, Jia. The Last Eunuch of China-The Life of Sun Yaoting by Jia Yinghua. Sun Haichen (translator). China Intercontinental Press. p. 314. ISBN 978-7-5085-1407-9.