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Ancient China

Economy, trade, the rulers, and technology of ancient China.
  1. China - Arts (5)
  2. China - Dynasties (20)
  3. China - Maps (22)
  4. China's Silk Road (17)
  5. Chinese Historians and History (4)
  6. Oracle Bones (2)
  7. Religions (11)
  8. Si-Wang-Mu

Learn About the Qin Dynasty
The Qin dynasty was an important one for ancient China. Learn about the dynasty's first emperor, the great historian of the period, and about some of its artifacts.

Top Ancient Chinese Inventions and Discoveries
This is a list of the most important ancient Chinese inventions for people of the modern world.

Accomplishments in Ancient China
Learn about ancient Chinese accomplishments and technological progress made beginning in the neolithic period. This covers Ancient China from roughly 12,000 B.C. through the 6th century A.D.

The Script Writing of Ancient China
About the ancient script of the ancient Chinese, its legend and history, and its position vis a vis the other inventors of writing in the ancient world.

Demographics of Ancient China
These are approximations of the population figures for periods of ancient China.

Yellow Emperor - Legendary Chinese Yellow Emperor 2698-2598 B.C.
Giles describes the Chinese Yellow Emperor as having "built a temple for the worship of God, in which incense was used, and first sacrificed to the Mountains and Rivers. He is also said to have established the worship of the sun, moon, and five planets, and to have elaborated the ceremonial of ancestral worship."

Footbinding
An explanation of Chinese footbinding, an archaic rather than ancient practice thought to enhance the allure of Han Chinese girls.

Emperor Chin
Emperor Chin is the Chinese king who unified the Warring states to create a Chinese empire.

China - The Historical Setting
The history of China from the Library of Congress, as documented in ancient writings, dates back some 3,300 years.

I Ching
The I Ching is a book of divination from ancient China.

China in Pictures
A step-by-step look at ancient China, with photos and pictures.

The History of the Ancient World
Susan Wise Bauer tells ancient (political) history as an entertainingly detailed story. Her approach to the civilizations of the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China is unusual, because instead of covering one civilization through time, she shows what each was doing during a given period. It is a great read for people who want an overview of the entire "Old World".

Confucius - When Did Confucianism Start?
Confucianism is a major religion or way of life that started in ancient China. Find out about its slow start and how long it took.

Chopsticks - Chinese Kuaizi Chopsticks
The Chinese invented chopsticks and were using them by at least the Zhou Dynasty.

Peking Man
Peking Man is a homo erectus who was known as Sinanthropus pekinensis.

Giles, Herbert Giles
Herbert Giles was a British diplomat to China and linguist who modified the Chinese transliteration system of Thomas Wade into what is called the Wade-Giles transliteration system.

Climate of China
LOC data on the climate of China.

Dynasties of Ancient China
The archaeology of ancient China takes us back to roughly 2500 B.C. The first dynasty, largely legendary, but attested to by radiocarbon dating, is from the Bronze Age, the Xia dynasty. The first three dynasty are sometimes combined together as the three holy dynasties. Like Egyptian chronology, with its "kingdoms" interlaced with intermediate...

Ancient Rice Wine Found in West China
"About five kilograms of light green rice wine were found in the western China city of Xi'an Friday afternoon when Chinese archaeologists unearthed a bronze wine jar shaped like a phoenix head. The wine, which was believed to date to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), was the best-preserved and largest quantity ever found."

Ancient Chinese and Mediterranean Empires
A comparison of two roughly equivalent empires, the Han Chinese and the Roman with information on the very limited studies made to date.

History of China
History of China to the present. Sites relevant to Ancient History include Historical Setting, Imperial Dynasties, and Ancient Dynasties. Links to timeline and map.

Cross Cultural Timeline
From The History Channel, this graphic timeline shows what was happening in America, Europe, Middle East, Egypt, India, China, Japan, and Africa for 500 years starting in 500 BC.

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