Emperor Taizong of Tang hoped for long lasting peace for his dynasty

We must make sure both the emperor and his officials behave with caution until the end. This way the country shall have long lasting peace, better than the old times

Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty talks about governance

When a government is corrupt and its ruler is failing its people, the people would be pleased to see its collapse. Then the whole country would welcome a new leader.

Empress Dowager Cixi: listening to politics behind the curtains

For many years, the mainstream view of Empress Dowager Cixi was that she was devious despot who contributed in no small part to China's slide into corruption, anarchy, and revolution. Cixi used her power...

Eastern Depot and the Embroidered Uniform Guard

Dong Chang (东厂), translated as Eastern Depot, was a Ming dynasty spy and secret police agency run by eunuchs. It was created by the Yongle Emperor. After the Yongle Emperor usurped the throne in 1402...

Mawangdui

awangdui (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

Yellow Turban Rebellion

The Yellow Turban Rebellion was a peasant revolt in China against the Han dynasty. The uprising broke out in the year 184 during the reign of Emperor Ling. It took 21 years until the uprising...

New Discoveries May Rewrite History of China’s Terra-Cotta Warriors

In the four decades since mysterious terra-cotta statues first came to light in northern China, archaeologists have uncovered a whole lifelike army. But that wasn’t the only secret hidden underground there.
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The Secret Tomb of China’s 1st Emperor: Will We Ever See Inside?

Buried deep under a hill in central China, surrounded by an underground moat of poisonous mercury, lies an entombed emperor who's been undisturbed for more than two millennia. The tomb holds the secrets of China's...

Huo Qubing: Young General of Military Might

A man of few words, Huo Qubing was nevertheless quite wise and exceptionally brave in battle. He was deemed a military genius as, during six major attacks he led against the Xiongnu, hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers were killed or injured.

Women in the Tang Dynasty

Concepts of women's social rights and social status during the Tang era were notably liberal-minded for the period.

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