Chinese dynasties

Sui Dynasty

Sui dynasty lasted from 581-618 AD. It was a short-lived imperial power, however it was able to begin huge reforms and construction projects which is often compared to the earlier Qin dynasty. A few achievements in construction include adding to the world-famous the Great Wall of China and completing the Grand Canal. Another achievement was the dynasty played a role in spreading Buddhism.

These are weapons dating back from the Sui dynasty.

Song Dynasty

The Song dynasty (960-1279) was truly one of the most remarkable events in human history. It was the first government to use paper money, had a strong and permanent navy, and saw the first use of gunpowder. Science and technology flourished during this time. The Song era saw the increased development in many fields such as government, technology, engineering, architecture, and much more. However in 1279, the Mongols under Kublai Khan took over the Song dynasty and brought China under their rule.

The painting above is work of art produced during the Song era in the early 12th century. Art was highly developed during this era and was quite common.

Tang Dynasty

The Tang dynasty lasted about 300 years from 618 to 907 AD. Some of the notable rulers of this period include Wu Zhao who was the first Empress in Chinese history. The Tang dynasty was able to conquer huge areas of territories. During their reign, a golden age had begun which allowed for advances in various fields like technology and mechanical engineering. One of the developments was the use of woodblock printing. This golden age also allowed for poetry and literature to flourish. Trade was very widespread with ideas coming from distant lands which influenced the people of the Tang dynasty and likewise ideas from the Tang spread to those lands which allowed for a great exchange of knowledge.

This is a picture of the Leshan Giant Buddha. The construction of the world's tallest pre-modern statue began in 713 AD and was finished in 803 AD during the Tang era.

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