The Story of Ancient China focuses upon each of the major historical periods, from the Neolithic period through the Tang dynasty. It traces the evolution of the Chinese city-kingdom and provides clear explanations of such concepts as yin and yang, feng shui, and the Mandate of Heaven. Tales drawn from Chinese mythology and legend introduce the student to such colorful figures as the Yellow Emperor and the Queen of the West, and they demonstrate why the dragon has always been loved as well as feared in China. Lively narratives depict the lives of such legendary sages as Confucius and Lao Tzu and explain the origins and evolution of the "big three" schools of Chinese thought—Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Special attention is paid to Chinese ingenuity, highlighting such inventions as paper, the compass, silk cloth, the wheelbarrow, the kite, and gunpowder.
Also included are maps, a guide to the pronunciation of Chinese words, a timeline, a glossary, a chart of the Chinese Zodiac, projects and activities, and suggested readings.
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