Ancient China

Chinese civilization began along the Yangtze River and grew into one of the world's most powerful yet inward societies. Learn how.

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• Adventures in Ancient China

Maps of Ancient China
When did the Great Wall first show up on a map? You can find the answer here, along with many other maps of China in ancient times.

Aspects of Ancient China
One of the world's first civilizations was in China. The focus here is on the rulers, customs, and technology of ancient China.

Religions of Ancient China
All about the three major philosophy/religion movements of ancient China: Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

China's First Emperor
Shi-huang-di was the first emperor of China. The king of the state of Qin from 246 B.C. to 221 B.C., he ended the Warring States Period by unifying the states into one empire, with himself as the head of government, ruling just 11 years before he died. During his reign as emperor, though, he had created two of the world's greatest monuments: the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army.

The Terracotta Army
One of the prime achievements of China's first emperor was the construction of a thousands-strong army protecting the emperor's tomb.

The Silk Road
The Silk Road connected China with the Roman Empire and the west. In this way, goods and customs changed hands. Check out this comprehensive site to understand this important East-West link.

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