Dynasty

This Chinese tomb mural from the Han Dynasty shows Jing Ke's assassination attempt. The King of Qin is on the left and Jing Ke, on the right, has been seized. In the middle is the dagger, sticking out of the column. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an accumulation of historical facts and rich ethnic cultures. The formation…

Empress Ma told her officials that if anyone from her family tried to meddle in state affairs, tried to gain favors, or make influential connections, they should be punished in accordance with the law. (Image: via  Taste Of Life)

The Humble and Honorable Empress Ma

Empress Ma was married to Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was strict in not allowing relatives from her side of the family to gain power or to ascend to high ranking posts. When Empress Ma‘s adopted son, Liu Da,…

One of the greatest discoveries from China’s Bronze Age occurred in 1939 when 'Simuwu ding,' a bronzeware piece from the Shang Dynasty, dated to be more than 3,000 years old, was found in Anyang City, Henan Province. (Image: Xuan Che via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Xuan  Che via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Discoveries From China’s Bronze Age

One of the greatest discoveries from China’s Bronze Age occurred in 1939 when a bronzeware piece from the Shang Dynasty, dated to be more than 3,000 years old, was found in Anyang City, Henan Province. It is known as the Simuwu ding.

Soldiers of the Blue Banner during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. (Andres rojas22/Wikipedia)

The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented the four different military units — the Yellow Banner, the White Banner, the Red Banner, and the…

After a collision with another vehicle, how does one properly and effectively resolve the matter? (Image: John Hill  via  wikimedia  CC BY-SA 3.0)

A Coachman’s Story

Yan Zi was the prime minister of the state of Qi. One day, he was riding in a carriage when his carriage happened to pass by the coachman’s house. The coachman’s wife knew about this and opened the door a…

Zeng Guofan did not have a remarkable aptitude for study, but he tried very hard. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Thief and the Statesman

Zeng Guofan did not have a remarkable aptitude for study, but he tried very hard. One night, he was trying to memorize an article by reciting it repeatedly. A thief came to his house and hid outside. The thief waited…

Emperor Taizong  receives Gar Tongtsen Yülsung, ambassador of Tibet, at his court; painted in 641 by Yan Liben (600-673). (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Chinese Legends: A Smart Envoy

In China’s history, a princess marrying the king of another state to secure its loyalty was not unusual. A good example of this was when Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty was married to Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo.

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The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented the four different military units — the…

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The Good Deeds of Zhen Bin

There once was a man named Zhen Bin, who lived during the Qi Dynasty. Although he came from a poor family, he was a kind-hearted and well-behaved man.

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Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an…

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A Coachman’s Story

Yan Zi was the prime minister of the state of Qi. One day, he was riding in a carriage when his carriage happened to pass by the coachman’s house. The…

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The Thief and the Statesman

Zeng Guofan did not have a remarkable aptitude for study, but he tried very hard. One night, he was trying to memorize an article by reciting it repeatedly. A thief…

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Chinese Legends: A Smart Envoy

In China’s history, a princess marrying the king of another state to secure its loyalty was not unusual. A good example of this was when Princess Wencheng of the Tang…

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Drinking Poison to Quench One’s Thirst

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, Chinese phrases or idioms stand out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. They are concise, vivid, expressive, and…

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The Song Dynasty’s Emperor Huizong

The Northern Song Dynasty’s eighth emperor, Song Huizong, was very talented, and he was a man of great attainments in calligraphy and painting. In particular, the so-called “Slender Gold” style…

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The Chinese Character Cháo 朝

A new dynasty marks the dawn of a new era. The Chinese character 朝, pronounced cháo (or “ciao” in Italian), stands for morning or dawn. It is also the character…

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The Humble and Honorable Empress Ma

Empress Ma was married to Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was strict in not allowing relatives from her side of the family to gain power or to ascend…

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The Old Man Under the Moon

During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Wei Gu travelled to Songcheng and stayed at the Nan Hostel. One night, while Wei Gu was walking down the street, he saw…

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One Good Turn Deserves Another

At the end of the Ming Dynasty, there was a war led by Li Zicheng. During the war, a wealthy man from Shanxi named Yuan was forced to bring his only…

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Discoveries From China’s Bronze Age

One of the greatest discoveries from China’s Bronze Age occurred in 1939 when a bronzeware piece from the Shang Dynasty, dated to be more than 3,000 years old, was found in Anyang…