Splingaerd, Paul

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Splingaerd, Paul Gender: M
born on 12 April 1842 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Brussels, Belgium, 50n50, 4e20
Timezone LMT m4e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 21°50' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 06°02 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 07°09'

Paul Splingaerd


Belgian foundling known as the “Famous Belgian Mandarin.” As both a Belgian and a Chinese mandarin (senior bureaucrat) in the late Qing government, he acted as a liaison on various Sino-Belgian projects in the late nineteenth century. The best known are the negotiations for Belgium to build the first major railway in China, the Beijing-Hankou Railroad (Lu-Han Railway in China) and the development of a Belgian-Chinese industrial, mining and commercial enterprises in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. He died on 26 September 1906 in Xian, China.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth certificate quoted in "Mandarijn Paul Splingaerd, Mémoires in-8o - Volume 49, Issue 1" (Brussels, 1986), p. 14: "Du douzième jour du mois d'Avril l'An Mil Huit Cent Quarante-Deux, à dix heures du matin, Acte de Naissance de Paul Splingard, Né le même jour à quatre heures du matin, Fils de Pauline Splingard, femme de chambre domiciliée en cette ville rue de Laeken Section 4 N° 81, accouchée rue de l'Evêque Section 5 N° 2."


  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (Mandarin, bureaucrat)