Qing Dynasty

The First Emperor’s legacy reveals a great deal about China’s history, as well as the sophistication of ancient Chinese craftsmanship and its advanced metallurgy technology in use 2,000 years ago. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Terracotta Warriors

In 1974, when a group of farmers were digging a well in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in the northwest of China, little did they know that they were about to unearth the key to one of of the greatest and most…

A scene from the Taiping Rebellion,1850-1864. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

6 Principles for a Successful Life

The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing Empire. He was also regarded as a model Confucian official.

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A Wise Monk Outsmarted the Emperor of China

Dihui means slander, and just as his name suggests, wise monk Dihui liked to express his opinions on current events, and condemn anything and anyone at will. Dihui was a…

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Giuseppe Castiglione’s Chinese Paintings

Giuseppe Castiglione (July 19, 1688-July 17, 1766) was an Italian Jesuit Brother, a missionary in China, and a painter at the Royal Court of the emperor, having a marked influence…

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The Terracotta Warriors

In 1974, when a group of farmers were digging a well in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in the northwest of China, little did they know that they were about to unearth…

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What Price to Save a Life?

In May of the 10th year of the rule of the Qianlong Emperor in 1721, an examinee named Qian Weicheng from Wujin County and his friend, Li Jianzhong, went to…

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6 Principles for a Successful Life

The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing…

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The Legend of the Eight Banners

Nurhaci, the founder of the Qing Dynasty, established the Eight Banners. Initially, there were only four colored banners that represented four different military units: yellow, white, blue, and red.