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Ancient China: Year 7 Ancient China

2000 years of Chinese History

General Websites

British Museum

This great website is an interactive from the British Museum. You can explore via a theme or click on the globe at the bottom of the picture to take you to an A-Z list of topics. You find Ancient China at the top of the list!

Here you can explore a Chinese tomb, ancient Chinese crafts, silk and early writing.

Law in Ancient China


There are links to the Terracotta Army in the box about Shi Huangdi in the middle column.



Painted tomb model of a soldier

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Great Wall of China

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest


If you want to know more, you may like to read these books which are stories set in ancient and modern China.

Click on the links to learn more about them.

Ancient China

Image from:  Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Ancient terracotta soldiers march forward with hands empty of weapons.


2,000 Years of Chinese History!

The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius:

Crash Course World History #7


The link and video below will give you an overview of the unique geographica features that have influenced China over time.

Travel China Guide

Shi Huangdi


Qin Shi Huangdi First Emperor of Qin Dynasty

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Some websites to explore:

The British Museum
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

The Emperor who Burned Books

China unearths ruined palace near terracotta army

Terra-Cotta Army Protects First Emperor's Tomb

Will we see inside the tomb?


Take a look at this video from Awesome Stories.

There is a National Geographic show in 5 parts on Youtube. It is called Secrets of the First Emepror and the first part is here. You will be able to locate the others yourself.

The First Emperor of China and his life and accomplishments are the subject of this 8:25 long video. A very good overview with many insights into the forces that moulded him.




Here is another video - a longer one!  


Confucius as teacher

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest

Here are some links to eplore:

Confucius Biography

Quotes from Confucius

A Biography - with video links

BGS eResources

Citing where you took your information from is an important part of research.

Use our Citemaker Reference Generator to create your bibliography.

Use the BGS eResources page for searching online. Britannica has a Primary Sources link.

ClickView is worth a look too!

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks on Ancient China

Click on the images below to access EBSCO eBooks for your research.

Britannica ImageQuest


Stone statue along the Divine Road, Ming Tombs, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Beijing Province, China, Asia

Image from:  Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

The Britannica ImageQuest database is a great place to start.


These sites cover more than one dynasty.

Shang Dynasaty

Here are some links to explore:

History of China-Shang Dynasty  

China Shang Dynasty  - Covers a ranage of topics and includes a lists of emperors

Zhou Dynasaty

Here are some links to explore:

History of China - Zhou Dynasty 

The Mandate of Heaven - information about the ancient Chinese philosophical concept.

Qin Dynasty

Here are some sites to explore:

History of China - Qin Dynasty

Qin Dynasty - a detailed article

The video in the box below also covers the Qin dynasty.

Han Dynasty

Here are some sites to explore:

HIstory of China - Han Dynasty

Legacy of Ancient China - there are many links here. 

Han Dynastyan overview

Song Dynasty

Song Dynasty in China - covers the economic revolution, technology, cities, Confuciansim and the outside world.

China's age of Invention

Legacy of Ancient China - there are many links here.

Ming Dynasty

7 Things you May Not Know about the Ming Dynasty 

The Ming Dynasty

Travel China Guide

The video below is about the building of the Great Wall of China.

Ch'ing Dynasty

Travel China Guide

China Knowledge - explore the links on the right.