|Governor of Sichuan Province|
|Head of Shandong Province|
Pingyuan, Guizhou Province
Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Ding Baozhen (simplified Chinese: 丁宝桢; traditional Chinese: 丁寶楨; pinyin: Dīng Bǎozhēn; Wade–Giles: Ting Pao-chen) (1820 – 1886), courtesy name Weihuang (稚璜), was a Chinese official who lived in the late Qing dynasty and served as the governor of Sichuan Province.
The Sichuan dish Kung Pao chicken (or Gongbao chicken) was named after his nickname, "Ding Gongbao" (丁宮保). "Gongbao" was the short form of an appointment he held, "Taizi Shaobao" (太子少保; roughly translates to "Crown Prince's Tutor"）, while "Ding" was his family name.
Born in Pingyuan, Guizhou Province in 1820, Ding was appointed a government official in 1854 after an outstanding performance in the annual imperial examination. He served as head of Shandong Province and later as governor of Sichuan province. In the second year of the Guangxu period in the Qing dynasty, he supervised the reconstruction of the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. His statue can be seen on display at Erwang Temple in Dujiangyan City. He held the appointment "Taizi Shaobao" (太子少保; roughly translates to "Crown Prince's Tutor"), whose short form was Gongbao (Chinese: 宮保; pinyin: Gōngbǎo; Wade–Giles: Kung1-pao3). The name of the Sichuan dish Kung Pao chicken was thus derived from his nickname "Ding Gongbao".
- China Heritage Project. "Ding Baozhen—an outstanding minister of the Qing Dynasty". Guizhou Provincial Government. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
Ding Baozhen was born in 1820, the 25th year in the Jiaqing Reign in the Qing Dynasty, in Pingyuan (now Zhijin County) in Guizhou. In 1854, he was appointed a government official because of his outstanding performance in the yearly Royal Examination. Since then he had been the head of Shandong Provinec for ten years, and then the governor of Sichuan Province for another three years. In 1896, Ding died in Chengdu. In his lifetime, he was an outstanding government official, contributing a great deal to the society and much remembered at the bottoms of the hearts of the Chinese people. A TV series captioned Ding Baozhen is on display at the present, attracting the national attention. The following is a short introduction to his life story.
- "Ding Baozhen". Dujiangyan Irrigation System Museum.
Ding poaozhen was born in Pingyuan, Guizhou Province. When he was the Governor of Sichuan he reconstructed Dujiangyang Irrigation System in the second year of Guangxu Period of yin Dynasty with the financial support from the central government.
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