The Sui Dynasty was a short lived dynasty as it lasted from 581-618. It was a very brutal empire much like the Qin Dynasty and their big accomplishment was the building of the Grand Canal as seen in the picture above. The Tang Dynasty was the richest and most civilized place at the time as they lasted from 618-907. During this dynasty, art and literature are improved a lot. There were a lot of rulers in the 300 years they were around. There was also the Golden Age of Culture when there were many famous artists and poets. The Song Dynasty ruled from 960-1279 and there were a lot of innovations at the time in science and technology. They did not have a strong military, however, they had a very large bureaucracy.