Duan Zhengchun

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Duan.
Duan Zhengchun
Reign 1096–1108
Full name
Posthumous name
Wen'an Emperor (文安帝)
Temple name
Zhongzong (中宗)
Dynasty Dali
Duan Zhengchun
Chinese 段正淳

Duan Zhengchun (temple name Zhongzong, posthumous name Wen'an) was the 15th[1] emperor of the Kingdom of Dali. He reigned from 1096 to 1108. He was the younger brother of Duan Zhengming, and the first ruler of the Later Dali Kingdom.

In 1094, Duan Zhengming was forced by Gao Shengtai to abdicate and become a monk. Gao then crowned himself emperor. However, after two years of reign, Gao Shengtai died in 1096 and made a will to return the throne to the Duan family. Duan Zhengchun ascended to the throne in 1096.

Duan Zhengchun abdicated and became a monk in 1108. He was succeeded by his son Duan Yu.

In fiction[edit]

Duan Zhengchun is fictionalised as one of the key supporting characters in the wuxia novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Louis Cha.


  1. ^ If Gao Shengtai's reign is taken into consideration, Duan Zhengchun would have been the 16th emperor. See [1].