Monday, March 8, 2021

Chinese History

China is one of the oldest civilizations on this earth. This is, after all, the country that gave us Peking Man, who lived three-quarters of a million years ago. More realistically, the Chinese figure their civilization dates back just 5,000 years.

The Chinese base their history through the ages on dynasties, and generally consider the Xia Dynasty (2000 – 1200 BC) to be the first dynasty. The last dynasty was the Qing Dynasty which ended in 1911 when the youngster Pu Yi abdicated as the last emperor of China.

In decades past, China was considered a Third World country. No more. In the 21st century, it is emerging as a Super Power. To understand how China got to the point it is today, it is important to understand its past.

Calligraphy as an Art Form

The written Chinese language is based on an ancient art. The characters have evolved over centuries, from pictographs on oracle bones to todays's computer...

Shanghai in the 1930s

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The Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai

The Fairmont Peace Hotel was the brainchild of Sir Victor Sassoon, Anglo-Jewish real estate tycoon and visionary. Work on the Cathay Hotel (its original...

Sir Victor Sassoon, Builder of 1930s Shanghai

A millionaire with a vision, Sir Victor Sasoon built modern Shanghai. His buildings modernized the city. When he left in 1948, the great metropolis...

Exploring the Yungang Caves

The Northern Wei Dynasty and Their Supercalifragilistic Cave Projects The Yungang Caves are located in Shanxi Province, China, about 16 km (or 10 miles) west...

Chin – China’s Third Dynasty

An introduction to the Chin Dynasty, China’s third, which was ruled by Shih Huang-ti, the first emperor of China from 221-206 BCE. The Chou Dynasty...

Chou – China’s Second Dynasty

The Chou Dynasty (1123-221 BCE) succeeded the Shang Dynasty as the Age of Reason succeeded the Age of Magic. Chou Emperors were characterised by...

Shang – The First Dynasty of China

Analysing the nature of the magic and sexual freedom of China's first recognised dynasty. The Shang Dynasty (1765-1123 BCE) is recognised as being the first...

Sui – China’s Fifth Dynasty

The Sui Dynasty reunified China and helped to rebuild the country, paving the way for the glory of the Tang Dynasty. The short-lived Sui Dynasty...

Zhang Qian, the Chinese Marco Polo

Over one thousand years before Marco Polo the Han emissary Zhang Qian traveled west to present day Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, opening routes later called...