Taoism (also known as Daoism) is a Chinese philosophy attributed to Lao Tzu (c. 500 BCE) which developed from the folk religion of the people primarily in the rural areas of China and became the official religion of the country under the...
Mandate of Heaven
The Mandate of Heaven (Tianming), also known as Heaven's Mandate, was the divine source of authority and the right to rule of China's early kings and emperors. The ancient god or divine force known as Heaven or Sky had selected this particular...
The emperors of ancient China had tremendous power and responsibility. Called the 'Son of Heaven', he (and once she) was given a divine right to rule over all people but was expected to promote their best interest and not his own. An absolute...
Most Popular Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China
There were over 200 gods and goddesses worshipped throughout ancient China, but if one were to count every deity or spirit, the number would be over 1,000. Each town, village, city, field, farm, and sometimes even separate plot in a graveyard...
An Audience with Taizong by Yan Liben
A 7th century CE court scene showing Emperor Taizong (r. 626-649 CE) receiving a Tibetan ambassador. By the famed Tang dynasty court painter Yan Liben (c. 600-673 CE).
Wu Zetian: the First and Only Empress of Imperial China
Wu Zetian was born in 624 CE to a wealthy family, and her father encouraged her to learn how to read and write, as well as how to play music, the art of public speaking, and how to compose poetry, even though these skills were usually reserved...
Tang Dynasty Provinces c. 742 CE
The provinces of the Tang Dynasty c. 742 CE. The Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) is regularly cited as the greatest imperial dynasty in ancient Chinese history. It was a golden age of reform and cultural advancement, which lay the groundwork for...
The Khitan people formed the Liao dynasty and ruled parts of Mongolia, Manchuria, and northern China from 907 to 1125 CE. Adopting elements of Chinese government and culture, the Khitan were more than a match for their rivals the Song dynasty...
Golden Age: Tang Dynasty China History & Music
This short video features traditional Chinese music accompanying Chinese art and landscapes which reflect the Tang Dynasty of China (618-907 CE). There is no narration and this is not an `educational' video. It is just a beautiful experience...
China in the Tang Dynasty
This video covers the history of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). It is less than 25 minutes long but very comprehensive and includes a section in the beginning on the Silk Road and how it influenced Chinese culture. Recommended for anyone...