China’s Southwestern Silk Road in World History

As Robert Clark notes in The Global Imperative, "there is no doubt that trade networks like the Silk Road made possible the flourishing and spread of ancient civilizations to something approximating a global culture...

Tibet Timeline

A chronology of key events: 7th-9th century - Namri Songzen and descendants begin to unify Tibetan-inhabited areas and conquer neighbouring territories, in competition with China. 822 - Peace treaty with China delineates borders. 1244 - Mongols conquer...

Relics of Xiangxiong Kingdom

According to the legendary, the relics of Xiangxiong Kingdom in western Tibet was the earliest civilization center on the Tibetan plateau. Xiangxiong means "land of the roc (a mythical huge bird)" in Tibetan. According...

Mawangdui

Mawangdui (马王堆; literally: "King Ma's Mound") is an archaeological site located in Changsha. The site consists of two saddle-shaped hills and contained the tombs of three people from the western Han dynasty (206 BC...

China: The Influence of History

How does history influence Chinese thought and behaviour today? As China’s power and influence continue to grow in Asia and beyond, many analysts look to Chinese history to understand how a strong China will behave...

History for Kids: daily life in ancient China

In ancient times, a large population of China was that of farmers. The kings, nobles and merchants formed a small percentage of the total population. Life as a Farmer The majority of the people in...

The Great Wall of China in history

Great Wall of China Facts Length: 21,196 kilometers (13,171 miles) total, not continuous Height: Varies, up to about 8 meters (26 feet) Translated Chinese Name: Chang Cheng, "Long Fortress" Watch-towers: The Ming-era Great Wall (current wall) has an...

10 Major Achievements of Song Dynasty of China

The reign of the Song Dynasty lasted over three centuries from 960 A.D. to 1279 A.D. It was marked by a period of sustained economic growth which some historians term as the Pre-Modern Economic...

Wei River and Chinese Earliest Civilization

Wei River, Chinese (Pinyin) Wei He or (Wade-Giles romanization) Wei Ho, river in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, north-central China, a western tributary of the Huang He (Yellow River). It rises in the Niaoshu Mountains...

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