The Dynasties of China: A History by Bamber GascoigneShang, Chou, Han, Tang, Sung, Yuan, Ming, Ching — for most Westerners, they stand only as adjectives to describe a lacquer, a bronze, a silk, a watercolor. And for all the familiarity a blue and white porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty or the bright and sturdy pottery figures of horses and grooms from the Tang may now have acquired, the history of the civilization that produced them remains obscure. So do the names of the potters and artists and philosophers and emperors and generals — except perhaps for those of Kublai Khan, who was not Chinese, and Kung Fu Tzu — known as Confucius — who flourished a century before Socrates. Focusing upon the incidents and personalities that epitomize most vividly each of the dynasties, this lucidly narrated volume, beautifully illustrated by a lavish selection of color photographs, places in their historical context the images that came to define imperial China from its origins in 1600 B.C. to the revolution of Sun Yat-sen in October 1911. It provides a background to Chinas turbulent twentieth century, which is surveyed in an informative postscript, highlighting such events as the troubled presidency of Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Tse-tungs ruthless Cultural Revolution, and the 1989 student protests in Beijings Tiananmen Square.
A Mysterious X-Shaped Ancient Tomb has been Excavated in China
There are almost so-called 'pyramids' located across the Qin Chuan Plains in Shaanxi Province, located in northwest China. The first series of yuan banknotes were issued on December 1, , by the newly founded People's Bank of China. Read more. During a flight between China and India, the American pilot reported seeing a gigantic white-topped pyramid in a level valley after banking to avoid a mountain. He described it as looking like something out of a fairy tale. The remarkable thing was the capstone, a huge piece of jewel-like material that could have been crystal.
The printing press is a device that allows for the mass production of uniform printed matter, mainly text in the form of books, pamphlets and newspapers. Created in China and revolutionizing society there, the press was further developed in Europe in the 15th Century. When Was The Taiping Rebellion was a revolt against the Qing dynasty in China, fought with religious conviction over regional economic conditions, and lasting from to The Taiping forces were run as a cult-like group called the God Worshipping Society by self-proclaimed prophet The Ming Dynasty ruled China from to A. Known for its trade expansion to the outside world that established cultural ties with the West, the Ming Dynasty is also remembered for its drama, literature and world-renowned
People all over the world think of Egypt when talking about body preservation and mummies, but how many people know that the best preserved bodies in the world are actually in China? The body of Lady Dai [special to chinadaily. When people gaze at the body, they cannot help but wonder, how did they do it? The complex painting inside [special to chinadaily. China has always fascinated the world with its rich culture, and numerous mysteries and treasures buried deep under the earth and the sea. The Diva Mummy invites viewers to ponder one of forensic archaeology's greatest mysteries: How several bodies buried in central China over 2, years ago came to be the best preserved ancient human remains ever found? The producer of "Diva Mummy," Steve Talley [special to chinadaily.