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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 Chinese Cultural Revolution

The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a time of instability in China. Red Guards spread chaos across the country and political infighting was endemic. The Chinese...

The Art of War: Sun Tzu Created History

Sun Tzu (about 543B.C.–470B.C.) was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who is the author of the Art of War. He lived...

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...

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...

What Was the Boxer Rebellion?

In the era between 1898 and 1901, the nation of China found itself entrenched in an internal conflict with conservative elements of the population...

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,...

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...

Trade Conflicts Lead to the First Opium War

Commonly referred to as the First Anglo-Chinese War, the First Opium War took place between 1839 and 1842. The British Empire faced off against...

Ancient Chinese Seals, a Treasured National Art Form

The first basic Chinese seals have been dated to the Shang and Zhou dynasties, whose rulers had their identification marks etched on bronze implements....

Gaozu: The First Emperor of the Tang Dynasty

Emperor Gaozu established the Tang Dynasty in 618 and ruled for eight years before being ousted by his ambitious second son. Gaozu (or Kao Tzu)...