King Xian of Zhou
King of China
Reign368–321 BC
PredecessorKing Lie of Zhou
SuccessorKing Shenjing of Zhou
Died321 BC
IssueKing Shenjing of Zhou
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Biǎn (扁)
HouseZhou dynasty
FatherKing An of Zhou

King Xian of Zhou (Chinese: 周顯王; pinyin: Zhōu Xiǎn Wáng), personal name Ji Bian, was the thirty-fifth king of the Chinese Zhou dynasty and the twenty-third of the Eastern Zhou.[1]

Very little is known about him. He succeeded his brother King Lie of Zhou in 368 BC and ruled until his death in 321 BC.[2]

He sent gifts to many of the feudal states, supposedly his vassals, particularly Qin and Chu. Late in his reign, the leaders of the states declared themselves kings, and ceased to recognise the king of Zhou as even nominally their overlord.[3]

After his death, his son King Shenjing of Zhou ruled over China.[4]




King Zhending of Zhou (d. 441 BC)
King Kao of Zhou (d. 426 BC)
King Weilie of Zhou (d. 402 BC)
King An of Zhou (d. 376 BC)
King Xian of Zhou (d. 321 BC)

See also

Family tree of ancient Chinese emperors


  1. ^ Michael Loewe and Edward Shaughnessy, ed. (1999), The Cambridge History of Ancient China, Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian
  3. ^ ZHOU GENEALOGY (Warring States Period)
  4. ^ Trình Doãn Thắng, Ngô Trâu Cương, Thái Thành (1998), Cố sự Quỳnh Lâm, NXB Thanh Hoá
King Xian of Zhou Zhou Dynasty Died: 321 BC Regnal titles Preceded byKing Lie of Zhou King of China 368–321 BC Succeeded byKing Shenjing of Zhou