The Qianlong Emperor (乾隆帝), born on the 25th of September of 1711, was the fifth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China. The fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, he reigned officially from 1736 to 1795.
Despite his retirement, however, he retained ultimate power until his death in 1799, making Qianlong the
longest reigning Emperor in Chinese history. Although his early years saw the continuity of an era of prosperity in
China, he held an unrelentingly conservative attitude.
Many recognize Qianlong as one of the best emperors China has ever had.