Kangxi Emperor Qing (Manchu) emperor from 1661 to 1722. Kangxi became emperor only 17 years after the Manchu overthrew the Ming Dynasty, so he ruled during the young growth period of the Qing Dynasty. He melded traditional Chinese Confucian learning with a fascination for European science. China was peaceful at the end of his rule, and economic growth allowed him to reduce taxes. Photo credit: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/images.