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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.

The Original Building of The Forbidden City in 1420

It was the Yongle Emperor (1403-24) who moved the capital from Nanjing ‘the southern capital’ to Beiping and renamed it Beijing meaning ‘the northern...

Drinking in the Tang Dynasty

Perhaps one of the most evocative images of Tang Dynasty China is that of the wine-drinking party, conducted by the light of moon and...

The Chinese Red Army’s Heroic Battle that Never Happened

The crossing of the Dadu River by the Red Army in 1935 during the 6,000-mile Long March was a seminal myth for Chinese communists,...

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...

The Ninja: Formulation of an Assassin

An investigation into the origins of the ancient ninja give clues to how and why this highly trained assassin came to be. The ninja figures...

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...

Chinese Furniture from the Ming and the Qing Dynasties

The later years of the Ming dynasty were a period of rising affluence among the elites of China following the austerity of earlier years....

Pu Yi – The Last Emperor of China

While on her deathbed the Empress Dowager Cixi chose the infant boy Pu Yi to be China's next emperor. In December 1908 he ascended...

White Russians in Shanghai

After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 thousands of ant-Communist Russians were stateless and homeless. They all flocked to Shanghai, China and a new life. There...

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...