China Land of Dragons and Empe

China Land of Dragons and Empe

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Do you know why the opening time for the Beijing Olympics was set at 8.08 pm on 8 August 2008? Or what are the secrets guarded by the silent terracotta army inside the First Chinese Emperor's tomb?

This book will introduce you to the most famous people and events in China during the last 2200 years. Meet the emperor who loved a woman too much, and the admiral whose fleet was so big it blocked out the sun. Discover the meaning of dragons, and why you should never give a Chinese man a green hat. Be amazed at China's many inventions, from silk, paper, printing and porcelain to crossbows, stirrups, matches, cast iron, steel and gunpowder.

If knowledge acquired from history is the truest education, then this book is the best present I can give you.'

Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline Yen Mah is the best-selling author of Falling Leaves, Chinese Cinderella, and Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 18mm | 258.55g
  • Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • ill
  • 1741754674
  • 9781741754674
  • 214,639

About Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline Yen Mah's memoir, Falling Leaves, was published in 1997 and became an international bestseller. Her other books include A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Watching the Tree and two children's books, Chinese Cinderella and Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society.
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Table of contents

Contents

Introduction

Enter the dragon

symbol of imperial power, as lucky as the number nine

First Emperor of All China

a terracotta army, book bonfires, a travelling corpse and the start of the Great Wall

Founding Dynasty: the Han

early trade along the Silk Road, a cruel Empress, a heavenly horse, the invention of paper

Age of Disunion

The Cave of a Thousand Buddhas

Golden Dynasty: the Tang

Building the Grand Canal, three quarrelling princes, China's only woman Emperor, a love-struck ruler

Divided Dynasty: the Song

a soldier enthroned, defeat in the north, the six evil men, flying money and foot-binding

Mongol Dynasty: the Yuan

wild horsemen from the north, the marble palace of Kublai Khan, a giant catapult

Eunuchs' Dynasty: the Ming
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183 ratings
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5 24% (44)
4 37% (67)
3 30% (55)
2 7% (12)
1 3% (5)
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