The Terrific Account of China’s Prostitute-Turned-Pirate Lord

From prostitution to ruling 70,000 pirates alone, Ching Shih aka “Terror of South China” ruled for ten years.

Ching Shih is one of the most feared female pirates in history. | Photo Credits: Chinosity

Zheng Yi Sao, better known as Ching Shih, was one of the most feared Chinese pirate lords during the Qing dynasty in China. Shih came from a humble background, but God had bigger…




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