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Who was Xuanzang? A Buddhist scholar of medieval China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:15+00:00June 7th, 2017|Central Asia, China, India, Religion|

Travels of the Buddhist traveller Xuanzang (T'ang Dynasty, 630 AD) Xuanzang was a great Chinese scholar who lived in the 600s AD, under the T'ang dynasty. He was a Buddhist, and he wanted to see India, where the Buddha had lived. So he traveled from the Chinese capital at Changan to India and [...]

End of T’ang Dynasty China – Uighurs and Buddhists

By |2018-04-18T09:53:37+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Emperor Wuzong Hsuan Tsung's son, the T'ang Emperor Suzong, asked a neighboring power, the Uighur Empire, to help him crush An Lu-shan's rebellion, and by 757 AD, thanks to the Uighur army, Suzong was able to get An Lu-shan assassinated. Still there was more civil war until 763 AD. These wars wrecked China [...]

Han Dynasty China History – Western Han China

By |2018-11-13T07:20:05+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History, Where|

Han Dynasty dancer (a clay figurine). Her long sleeves are part of the dance, and also show that she doesn't have to do any practical work. Gaozu starts the Han Dynasty When Gaozu (who was also called Liu Pang) started the Han Dynasty in 202 BC, he didn't really change that much from the [...]

Chang’an – T’ang Dynasty Chinese Architecture

By |2018-04-18T09:53:23+00:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|

The walls of Chang'an under the T'ang Dynasty (ca. 700 AD) People have been living in the city of Chang'an in China since the Stone Age. But Chang'an reached its biggest size - about a million people - under the T'ang Dynasty, when the powerful T'ang emperors made Chang'an their new capital city. [...]