Emperor Xingzong of Liao

Emperor Xingzong of Liao (Chinese: 辽兴宗; pinyin: Liáo Xīngzōng) (April 3, 1016–August 28, 1055), born Yelü Zongzhen (Chinese: 耶律宗真), was an emperor of the Liao Dynasty. He reigned from 25 June 1031 to 28 August 1055.

Xingzong was the eldest son of Shengzong, and was made Prince in 1021 when he was six years old. He was crowned emperor when Shenzong died in 1031.

Xingzong's reign was the beginning of the end for the Liao Dynasty. The government was corrupt and the army stated to fall apart. He attacked the Western xia dynasty many times, and waged war upon the song dynasty. However, the frequent wars were not looked kindly upon by his people, and there were much anger among them for the high taxes. Xingzong was also into Buddhism and spent lavishly for his own pleasure. He died in 1054.

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