|North King of the Heavenly Kingdom|
|Reign||1851 - 1856|
|Died||1856 (aged 33)|
During the early days of the movement during the 1840s, Wei was converted to Christianity by Feng Yunshan and Hong Xiuquan. Wei's family clan was in control of a market town named Jiantin in Guangxi which became a safe haven for the "God Worshippers" (the name given to the early Taipings).
During the Rebellion
As thanks for his help during the Thistle Mountain days of the movement, Wei became a leader of the Taipings and subsequently became the North King of the Rebellion. In 1856 Wei organised the killing of the East King Yang Xiuqing and his followers in Nanking (See:Tianjing's struggle Incident).
- Jonathan D. Spence - God's Chinese Son. - Norton Books.