Eunuchs, castration and court service

In China, castration included removal of the penis as well as the testicles. Both organs were cut off with a knife at the same time. Men sentenced to castration were turned into eunuch slaves of the Qin dynasty state to perform...

Jing Ke’s failed assassination attempt of Qin King

The last and by far most famous of assassins in Sima Qian’s chronicles is Jing Ke, the man who tried and nearly succeeded in killing the king of Qin, better known for his later...

Imperial examination of Han Dynasty

Chinese imperial examinations were a civil service examination system in Imperial China to select candidates for the state bureaucracy. The exams were based on knowledge of the classics and literary style, not technical expertise, and successful candidates were generalists who shared...

Partition of Jin into three states

Succession issues were constant in Jin as far back as seventh century BCE. Jin was unique among the major states in a major respect; whereas other states often enfeoffed the cadet branches of the ruling...

Great Flood of China

Traditionally, it is believed that the Chinese civilization originated in the Yellow River basin. In ancient times, it was believed that the Yellow River flowed from Heaven as a continuation of the Milky Way. As the birthplace of ancient Chinese civilization,...

Burying the Scholars Alive: On the Origin of a Confucian Martyrs’ Legend

The alleged misdeeds of Qin Shihuang climaxing in his order to bury four hundred and sixty Confucian scholars alive, made material for an often-recalled story during two millennia. In Imperial times, the Chinese elite...

Banquet at Hongmen

Xiang Yu's troops came to Hangu Pass in former Qin territory. The pass was guarded by (Liu Bang's) soldiers so could not get through. Apart from this, it was said that Pei Gong...

Trump outraged South Koreans by saying Korea used to be part of China. Is...

A firestorm has erupted on South Korean social media after Trump said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” The Wall Street Journal published the story on April 12,...

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...

China’s ‘League of Legends’ Criticized for Rewriting History

To the chagrin of Party newspaper journalist, Tencent’s ‘Honour of Kings’ adapts historic figures for the virtual battle field. China’s hit mobile game “Honour of Kings” was criticized by a Party newspaper article for misrepresenting...

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