China History Bingo Game - Ancient China
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Women playing Go (China, Astana tombs, 600s AD)

To review and make sure you know the basics of the history of China, try playing this Chinese History Bingo game. Copy the board on to a piece of notebook paper, and let someone else call out the things that happened. Try to place each thing that happened in the right Chinese dynasty (hint: it will help a lot if you know the dates of each dynasty!).













Events to read out (not in order!):

People begin farming rice (about 4000 BC) - STONE AGE
People begin keeping chickens (about 4000 BC) - STONE AGE
People begin to make pottery (about 3000 BC) - STONE AGE
People begin to make bronze (about 2000 BC) - SHANG DYNASTY
People begin to use writing (about 2000 BC) - SHANG DYNASTY
China united into one big kingdom (about 1800 BC) - SHANG DYNASTY
Spring and Autumn Period - a good time for China (about 700-500 BC) - ZHOU DYNASTY
People begin to use iron (about 600 BC) - ZHOU DYNASTY
Confucius and Lao Tsu (about 600-500 BC) - ZHOU DYNASTY
Warring States period - civil wars in China (481-221 BC) - ZHOU DYNASTY
An emperor buried terracotta warriors in his tomb (210 BC) - CH'IN DYNASTY
Building of the Great Wall of China (210 BC) - CH'IN DYNASTY
Silk Road begins to carry trade to West Asia (100 BC) - HAN DYNASTY
First university in China, and exams for judges (100 BC) - HAN DYNASTY
Fighting off the Huns (about 50 AD) - HAN DYNASTY
Kingdom of Wu in south-east China (about 400 AD) - THREE KINGDOMS
Buddhism arrives in China - Shaolin monks (366 AD) - THREE KINGDOMS
Yang Ti digs a canal to connect the Yellow River with the Yangtze River (600 AD) - SUI DYNASTY
Yang Ti attacks Korea but he is defeated (617 AD) - SUI DYNASTY
Empress Wu Chao rules China (660 AD) - T'ANG DYNASTY
Hsuan Tsung expands China south to Vietnam and west to Tibet (750 AD) - T'ANG DYNASTY
Great persecution of Buddhists (840 AD) - T'ANG DYNASTY
Paper money gets started in China (1200 AD) - Song Dynasty
China begins to trade by sea south to Vietnam and India (1200s AD) - Song Dynasty
Buddhists start to build stone pagodas (900s AD) - Song Dynasty
Women begin to bind their feet (1100 AD) - Song Dynasty
Mongols invade and get control of China (1276 AD) - YUAN DYNASTY
Kublai Khan rules China (1271 AD) - YUAN DYNASTY
People begin to grow cotton in China (1300 AD) - YUAN DYNASTY
Bubonic plague (Black Death) devastates China (1330s AD) - YUAN DYNASTY
Emperors build the Forbidden Palace (1400s AD) - MING DYNASTY
Chinese potters make famous blue and white pottery (1400s AD) - MING DYNASTY

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Bibliography and further reading:

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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