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Ancient China: Ancient China

British Museum

This great website is an interactive from the British Museum. You can explore via a theme or click on the globe at the bottom of the picture to take you to an A-Z list of topics. You find Ancient China at the top of the list!


Here you can explore a Chinese tomb, ancient Chinese crafts, silk and early writing.


Death and Funerary Rites

Fiction set in Ancient China

Books in our Library on Ancient China

For Teachers

Crash Course: Ancient China

Geography of China

The video and link below will give you an overview of the geography of China and how it affected the history of China.

Travel China Guide

Shi Huangdi

Qin Shi Huangdi First Emperor of Qin Dynasty

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

The British Museum
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

The Emperor who Burned Books

China unearths ruined palace near terracotta army

Terra-Cotta Army Protects First Emperor's Tomb

Will we see inside the tomb?


Take a look at this video from Awesome Stories.

There is a National Geographic show in 5 parts on Youtube. It is called Secrets of the First Emperor and the first part is here. You will be able to locate the others yourself.

The First Emperor of China and his life and accomplishments are the subject of this 8:25 min long video. A very good overview with many insights into the forces that moulded him.


Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest

Here are some links to eplore:

Confucius Biography

Quotes from Confucius

A Biography - with video links


These sites cover more than one dynasty.

Zhou Dynasty

History of China - Zhou Dynasty - covers agriculture, handicraft, eastern and western Zhou, Qu Yuan and the decline of the empire.
The Mandate of Heaven - information about the ancient Chinese philosophical concept.

Qin Dynasty

History of China - Qin Dynasty - includes Zhao Gao, Li Si, Shang Reform and more

Qin Dynasty - a detailed article

Song Dynasty

Song Dynasty in China - covers the economic revolution, technology, cities, Confuciansim and the outside world.

China's age of Invention

Legacy of Ancient China - there are many links here.

Ming Dynasty

History of China

The Ming Dynasty

Travel China Guide The video below is about the building of the Great Wall of China.

Ch'ing Dynasty

Travel China Guide

China Knowledge - explore the links on the right.

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