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Ancient China is too large a subject to try and encompass it all on one page of listings.  While there may be some overlap, the other pages listed above will be of help filling in details to material found here.

A 13th-Century Traveler to China Comes to Light __ "China was in the 13th century probably the wealthiest and most advanced country in the world, with the biggest cities, the greatest shipping, the best doctors and the most sophisticated technology." -

Ancient China __ Timeline with brief history notes - From Crystalinks -

Ancient China: The Ancient Chinese Civilization __ A good look at ancient Chinese civilization. - illustrated - From -

Ancient China for Kids - Stories, Games, Dynasties, Geography ... __ A good collection of resources for the younger set. - From - 

Ancient China - History for Kids! __ A good introduction to China for the younger set, also good for adults. - From -

Ancient China: Shang & Tang Bronzes __ Overview and images of bronzes from China's Bronze Age - illustrated - From Werner Schmidlin -

Ancient China Timeline __ Annotated timeline of ancient Chinese history beginning 4000 BCE. - From -

Ancient China Timeline __ Not really a timeline in the classic sense but a series of rather detailed articles. - From -

Ancient Chinese Archaeology and Artifacts __ General website about ancient Chinese civilization - illustrated - From Crystalinks -

Ancient Chinese Architecture __ Video about various aspects of ancient Chinese architecture. - Video -

Ancient Chinese civilization - Banpo Village __ "Banpo Neolithic Village is a place where we can witness ancient Chinese civilization from 6,000 years back. It has distinct features of a matriarchal society."  Learn about this Neolithic Chinese village and the archaeological finds. - illustrated - From -  


Ancient Chinese Culture __ "China is considered to be the oldest civilizations of the world. It is assumed that ancient China existed about 5000 to 500,000 years ago. The first Chinese civilization is believed to have originated in the Yellow River valley, in the Neolithic era."  A brief overview including ancient food and clothing. - From -

Ancient Chinese economy - History for Kids! __ A brief introduction to ancient Chinese economy for the younger set with ancient coins, paper money and more. - illustrated - From -

Ancient Chinese food for Kids! - History for Kids __ What did the ancient Chinese eat besides rice.  Find out. - illustrated - From -

Ancient Civilizations - China,Facts, Pictures and Printables __ "A comprehensive educational directory that provides a wide variety of resources, facts, printables and pictures of Ancient China." - From - 

China __"Fashion, art, dynasties, inventions, and games in ancient Chinese civilization are all featured here." - From ThinkQuest -

China: Ch'in and Han __ About the first unification of China by the Ch'in dynasty, from which China takes its name. "But the Chinese Empire itself, which Ch'in created, would last for more than 2000 years, the longest-lived political institution in world history." - From Emayzine -

China: Han __ Outline of Chinese history during the Han dynasty. - From Emayzine -

China - Maps of Ancient China __ A collection of various maps of ancient China. - From -

Chinese Architecture __ Overview of ancient Chinese architecture. Material on the Forbidden City as well as other structures in China. - photos - From ThinkQuest -

Chinese Cultural Studies: A Brief Chinese Chronology __ Chronology of Chinese history. As you scroll down the page you will find not only a chronological outline but comparisons to what is happening in the rest of the world. -

Chinese Cultural Studies: Concise Political History of... __ History of ancient Chinese civilization, dynasty by dynasty. From 600,000 BCE to the end of dynastic China in the 20th century - From City University of New York -

Dragons in Ancient China __ Find out about the history and myth of dragons in ancient Chinese civilization. Many links - From - 

European Voyages of Exploration - The Ming Dynasty __ Ming Dynasty ships sailed to Sumatra, India, and Africa. - illustrated - From University of Calgary -

Female Hero: Empress Wu Zetian __ According to the Confucian beliefs having a woman rule would be as unnatural as having a "hen crow like a rooster at daybreak." During the glory years of the Tang dynasty a woman did rule, and ruled well. - From women in World History Curriculum -

Formation of the Chinese Civilization __ "Like people of other cultures, the ancient Chinese paid close attention to the heavenly bodies and their movements, because the sun, moon, stars and their movements were the most eternal features that the ancient people could observe."  An article mostly about ancient Chinese astronomy and math. - From -

The Forbidden City__ Contemporary photos of an ancient world. Tour the Forbidden City, Ming Tombs, and the Summer Palace. This website is part of the Discovery Channel School's Cities Through Time project. A photo essay tour. -

Great Wall of China __ About the Great Wall of China. - photos and other illustrations, history, methods of construction - From -

History of China __ "This ambitious site tells the whole history of China and is full of interesting images and actual Chinese language characters. Experience the full splendor of China, one of our most ancient, enduring cultures." - From - 

History Timeline __ An outline of Chinese history with links to additional material for some of the entries. - From Chaos Group at the University of Maryland at College Park -

NOVA Online - Mysterious Mummies of China __ "The Takla Makan Mummies of China are a bit of a mystery and began appearing in the late 1980s." - Photos -

Origins of Chinese Writing __ "The earliest examples of Chinese writing date to the late Shang period (ca. 1200 BC). These are the so-called Oracle Bone Inscriptions which were found at the site of the last Shang capital near present-day Anyang, Henan province." Follow the story from there in this overview of writing history. - illustrated - From -

The Rise of Ancient China __ Good overview of the beginnings of ancient Chinese civilization from about 5000 BCE. - By Frank E. Smitha -

Spiritual Beliefs in Ancient China __ Excellent overviews of Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. - illustrated - From the National Gallery of Australia -

Ten Laments - Technology and Education in Ancient China __ This is a reading on education from 13th century China. It is about a teacher complaining about the learning habits of students. You will also find connections to more information about China. - From -

timeline for early china __ Annotated timeline for China till 17th century. - From -

Walk the Great Wall of China: A Black & White Odyssey __ Automated slide show of scenes from the Great Wall. - illustrated - From - 



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