Zhai Wei in 391 AD
Zhai Wei in 391 AD
Tian Wang 
• 388-391
Zhai Liao
• 391-392
Zhai Zhao
Historical eraSixteen Kingdoms
• Zhai Liao's last break with Later Yan
• Established
• Disestablished
• Zhai Zhao's execution by Western Yan
Succeeded by
Later Yan
Western Yan
Today part ofChina

Wei (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wèi), known in historiography as Zhai Wei (Chinese: 翟魏), was a dynastic state of China ruled by the Dingling people that existed from 388 to 392, during the Sixteen Kingdoms period of Chinese history. Its founder Zhai Liao had previously been vacillating between being a vassal of the Later Yan, Western Yan, and Eastern Jin dynasties, and in 388, after his last overture to reconcile with Later Yan's emperor Murong Chui was rejected, he founded his own dynasty, over the territory of modern central and eastern Henan. In 392, Zhai Wei, then under Zhai Liao's son Zhai Zhao, was destroyed by Later Yan forces. Because of its relatively small size and short lifespan, Zhai Wei is not included by historians among the Sixteen Kingdoms.

The rulers of Zhai Wei used the title "Heavenly King" (Tian Wang).

Rulers of Wei

Personal name Reign Era names
Zhai Liao 388–391 Jianguang (建光) 388–391
Zhai Zhao 391–392 Dingding (定鼎) 391–392

Family tree

Zhai Wei family tree
Zhai Bin 翟斌
r. 383–384
Zhai Tan 翟檀
d. 384
Zhai Min 翟敏
d. 384
Zhai Liao 翟遼
Jianguang Tian Wang
建光天王 r. 386–391
Zhai Zhen 翟真
r. 384–385
Zhai Cheng 翟成
r. 385
Zhai Zhao 翟釗
Dingding Tian Wang
定鼎天王 r. 391–392– d. 393

See also