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...

Su Shi, one of the most accomplished figures in classical Chinese literature

The Song Empire was administered and run by scholar officials who were selected through a meritocratic system of examination and imperially orchestrated appointments. One of the results of this meritocracy was a flowering of...

Longshan culture: Black Pottery Culture in northern China from about 3000 to 1900...

A distinctive feature of the Longshan culture was the high level of skill in pottery making, including the use of pottery wheels, producing thin-walled and polished black pottery. This pottery was widespread in North China, and also...

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...

Laozi, a legendary Daoist philosopher

Laozi (Lao-tzu, fl. 6th cn. B.C.E.) Laozi is the name of a legendary Daoist philosopher, the alternate title of the early Chinese text better known in the West as the Daodejing, and the moniker of a deity in...

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...

Social status of businessmen in imperial China

In Ancient pre-Imperial China,the tribes living in what is now the Yellow River valley were practising agriculture. Merchants were highly regarded as necessary for the circulation of essential goods. The legendary Emperor Shun, prior to receiving the throne from...

Stone tools found in China could be oldest evidence of human life outside Africa

Discovery of simple stone tools suggests human ancestors were in Asia as early as 2.1m years ago. The remains of crudely fashioned stone tools unearthed in China suggest human ancestors were in Asia 2.1m years ago, more...

The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu Translated by Burton Watson Part 4

Section TWENTY-SIX - EXTERNAL THINGS EXTERNAL THINGS CANNOT be counted on. Hence Lung-feng was executed, Pi Kan was sentenced to death, Prince Chi feigned madness, E Lai was killed, and Chieh and Chou were overthrown....

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...

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