The tang dynasty began in 560 ad after the han dynasty and before the song. It had a big influence on japan and Korea. Much of their culture was borrowed from the Chinese during the tang dynasty. They borrowed things like Buddhism, Confucianism (the 5 relationships), their writing system, and respect for nature. After the han dynasty the tang dynasty still used the silk road. It helped the dynasty extend westward. It connected with western cultures (Muslim and Byzantine). The tang dynasty gave things like gunpowder, the compass, mechanical clock, porcelain, spinning wheel, and block printing.