Tang Dynasty

Seated stone-carved Maitreya, Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan, China. (Image:  Ariel Steiner via  flickr  CC BY-SA 2.5)

Legend of the Xiangguo Temple

Huiyun was a monk from a monastery in Luoyang during the Tang Dynasty. In the first year of the Linde era of Emperor Tang Gaozong’s reign (A.D. 664-665), Huiyun at 10 years of age decided to become a monk. His father…

In A.D. 629, the Tang emperor dispatched a force of over 100,000 soldiers to eliminate the northern threat posed by the Eastern Tujue. (Image:  Mu Chuan/Taste of Life)

China’s Virtuous General

The Chinese classic The Art of War thus defines a great general: “… the skillful fighter puts himself into a position that makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.” Li Jing, a renowned general, helped establish…

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Craftsman Builds Mechanical Makeup Table for the Queen

Modern people believe living conditions in ancient times were very primitive. However, ancient Chinese science and technology was quite advanced. Papermaking, gunpowder, and the compass were all invented in China.…

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Legend of the Xiangguo Temple

Huiyun was a monk from a monastery in Luoyang during the Tang Dynasty. In the first year of the Linde era of Emperor Tang Gaozong’s reign (A.D. 664-665), Huiyun at…

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The Emperor’s Mirror: Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng, one of the most celebrated Chinese officials of the Tang Dynasty, defied his Emperor by slaying a sinful dragon. In his sleep.

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A General Who Conquered Without Fighting

China’s military generals changed history era after era, leaving legends behind them. They braved the battles, were loyal to their kingdoms, and were wise and brave. They mastered warcraft, and…

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The Pipa: The Traditional Chinese Guitar

The pipa is often referred to as the Chinese lute, and may remind you a little bit of a Western guitar. The history of the instrument reaches back over 2,000…

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China’s Virtuous General

The Chinese classic The Art of War thus defines a great general: “… the skillful fighter puts himself into a position that makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for…