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25 06, 2017

Where are the Himalaya Mountains? India

By |2019-08-14T11:50:48-07:00June 25th, 2017|China, Geology, India|0 Comments

Himalaya Mountains India breaks off of Africa About 55 million years ago, plate tectonics made the land that is now India break off from what is now Africa. At this time, the first modern mammals like rats and guinea pigs were evolving, and most of the Earth was covered in forests. The Tertiary [...]

7 06, 2017

Who was Xuanzang? A Buddhist scholar of medieval China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:15-07:00June 7th, 2017|Central Asia, China, India, Religion|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 06, 2017

End of T’ang Dynasty China – Uighurs and Buddhists

By |2018-04-18T09:53:37-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 06, 2017

Empress Wu – T’ang Dynasty China – History

By |2019-05-28T05:49:24-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty Who was Wu Chao? Wu Chao was one of T'ai Tsung's girlfriends. After he died, she became his son's girlfriend too! The son's name was Gaozong. Who was T'ai Tsung? T'ang Dynasty architecture All our China articles Wu Chao becomes Empress Wu Once she got Gaozong to [...]

4 06, 2017

Qing Dynasty China – History of China – 1600s-1700s

By |2018-04-18T09:54:09-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Empress Xiaozhuang In 1644 AD, the Jurchen or Manchu people of Central Asia invaded China and got rid of the Ming Dynasty. The Manchu leaders took over ruling China. They called themselves the Qing Dynasty. The first ruler of the Qing Dynasty was just like the last Ming emperors, a child called Fulin who [...]

31 05, 2017

Uighurs – Medieval Central Asia

By |2019-01-12T17:44:20-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Uighur princesses (Bezelik Cave) Who were the Uighurs? When the Turkic Gokturk Empire in Central Asia collapsed in 742 AD, the Uighurs got their independence. Who were the Gokturks? More Central Asia articles The Uighur Empire Their king, or Khan, Qutlugh Bilge Kol, set up his own smaller empire in what is now [...]

31 05, 2017

Medieval Tibet – History of Central Asia

By |2018-04-24T09:30:55-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Medieval Tibet: Changzhug Monastery, Tibet (600s AD) Where is Tibet? Tibet lies between India and China, just north of the Himalaya Mountains. People have been living in Tibet since about 20,000 BC, but about 1000 BC a lot of people from northern China moved to Tibet and pushed out most of the people [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians in China – History of Central Asia

By |2019-04-07T07:42:10-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sogdian traders in China about 550 AD (Musee Guimet) Sogdians and the Silk Road Even after the fall of the Han Dynasty, the Sogdians still controlled Silk Road trade between West Asia and China. Earlier Sogdians The Han Dynasty More about the Silk Road All our Central Asia articles The Sogdians and India By [...]

31 05, 2017

Who were the Gokturks? Central Asian History

By |2019-07-08T11:16:17-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

The Gokturks: A Gokturk coin, about 576-600 AD (Kyrgyzstan museum) (compare to Sassanian and Byzantine coins of the same time) Bumin Qaghan beats the Rouran About 550 AD, Bumin Qaghan and his sons, with the help of the Chinese Wei kingdom, conquered the Rouran and took over as the main rulers of Central [...]

30 05, 2017

Later Central Asian Architecture

By |2018-04-16T10:37:26-07:00May 30th, 2017|Architecture, Central Asia|0 Comments

Inside the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg (1700s AD) After 1500, architects in Central Asia divided into those who looked west, to Western Europe, for inspiration, those who looked south, to the Safavids and the Mughals, and those who looked east, to the Qing Dynasty in China. In the west, Russian czars and czarinas [...]