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Romance of the Three Kingdoms – Chinese Literature

By |2018-04-18T17:19:31-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|

Romance of the Three Kingdoms hero Guan Yu, in a small statue made during the Ming Dynasty (about 1495 AD) Luo Guanzhong wrote the Romance of the Three Kingdoms around 1380 AD, during the Yuan Dynasty, but it is about things that happened more than a thousand years earlier, at the end of [...]

Three Kingdoms China – Early Medieval Chinese History

By |2018-09-24T11:54:37-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Three Kingdoms China: The tomb of Liu Bei The Han Dynasty collapses The Han Dynasty collapsed about 220 AD. For three hundred years after that, China was divided into three smaller kingdoms (which were each still really pretty big). What happened to the Han Dynasty? More ancient China articles A Jin Dynasty [...]

Chinese pagodas – Architecture – China

By |2018-04-18T09:53:25-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Song Dynasty pagoda (Hong Kong) About 200 AD, near the end of the Han Dynasty, people in China began to hear about the new religion of Buddhism, which had started in India about 700 years earlier. Buddhists in China began to build special Buddhist buildings called pagodas which were like Indian Buddhist stupas. These buildings were [...]

Inside ancient Chinese houses – Chinese architecture

By |2018-10-19T04:48:31-07:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Inside Chinese houses: Women sitting on a k'ang bed in the 1890s Heated bed platforms Beginning in the Stone Age, people in China heated their beds before they slept in them. At first people just made a fire on the clay floor to warm it. Then they swept the ashes away before putting [...]

Three Kingdoms Architecture – China

By |2019-01-13T11:06:21-07:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Three Kingdoms architecture: Mogao Caves (366 AD and later) First Buddhist temples in China Beginning in 366 AD, people in China built the earliest Buddhist temples in China. These first Buddhist temples at Mogao were carved into caves in the side of cliffs, like the earlier Buddhist temples at Ajanta in India. What temples at [...]