Sun Yaoting (Traditional Chinese: 孫耀庭, Simplified Chinese: 孙耀庭, Hanyu Pinyin: Sūn Yàotíng, Wade-Giles: Sun Yao-t'ing; 29 September 1902 – 17 December 1996) was the last surviving imperial eunuch of Chinese history. He was castrated at the age of eight by his father[1] with a single swoop of a razor, mere months before the last emperor Pu Yi was deposed.[2][3][4]

The 1988 dramatic film Lai Shi, China's Last Eunuch is based on Sun Yaoting's life.


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  4. ^ Yinghua, Jia. The Last Eunuch of China-The Life of Sun Yaoting by Jia Yinghua. Sun Haichen (translator). China Intercontinental Press. p. 314. ISBN 978-7-5085-1407-9.