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Evaluation of Emperor Wu Zetian

Quotes The traditional Chinese historical view on Wu Zetian generally was mixed—admiring her for her abilities in governing the state, but vilifying her for her actions in seizing imperial power. Luo Binwang even wrote along...

Three Departments and Six Ministries

The Three Departments and Six Ministries system was the main central administrative structure adopted in Imperial China. While its separate departments first took shape during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), it...

Mandate of Heaven

The Mandate of Heaven (天命) was a principle used to justify the power of the emperor of China, as well as explaining suitability for the office. According to this belief, heaven bestows its mandate...

Zhou Dunyi

Zhou Dunyi (Chinese: 周敦頤;1017–1073) was a Song dynasty Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher and cosmologist. He conceptualized the Neo-Confucian cosmology of the day, explaining the relationship between human conduct and universal forces. In this way, he...

Big bad wolf

“HAD Mao died in 1956, his achievements would have been immortal. Had he died in 1966, he would still have been a great man but flawed. But he died in 1976. Alas, what can...

Bai Juyi

by Emily Mark   published on 29 April 2016 Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was one of the greatest poets of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) along with Li Po (701-762 CE) and Du Fu (712-770 CE)....

Contention of a Hundred Schools of Thought

The Hundred Schools of Thought (Chinese: 諸子百家) were philosophies and schools that flourished from the 6th century to 221 BC, during the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period of ancient China. An...

Ancient Four Great Beauties

The four ancient Chinese women renowned for their beauty are Xi Shi (西施)、Wang Zhaojun (王昭君)、Diaochan (貂蝉)and Yang Guifei (杨贵妃). The Chinese idiom “沉魚落雁, 閉月羞花” which is used to compliment someone's beauty comes from these four beauties. Xi Shi sinks fish;Wang Zhaojun entices birds...

Life about Zhang He

Zheng He (郑和, 1371–1433 or 1435), formerly romanized as Cheng Ho, was a Hui court eunuch, mariner, explorer, diplomat, and fleet admiral during China's early Ming dynasty. Born Ma He, Zheng commanded expeditionary voyages...

Zheng He – the Chinese Muslim Admiral

By Salah Zaimeche The Beijing Olympic Games started on Friday 8 August 2008 with a dramatic opening ceremony featuring a cast of thousands performers that celebrated the arts and achievements of China's long history. Among...

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