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CHINA: THE TEN MAJOR DYNASTIES


Review these facts about the Chinese dynasties. Then, answer the problems below.

Shang Dynasty (1766 - 1040 BC) - Chinese were already using the wheel for chariots
Chou Dynasty (1040 - 256 BC) - This was the time of Confucious, the famous philosopher
Ch'in Dynasty (221 - 206 BC) - A unified system of writing was developed
Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) - Paper was invented
Sui Dynasty (589 - 618 AD) - The Grand Canal was built linking the Tangtze Valley to Northern China
Tang Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD) - The first porcelain was made
Song Dynasty (1279 - 1368 AD) - Acupuncture was started as a means of curing pain
Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty (1279 - 1368 AD) - The Mongols invaded the north.  Their leader, Kubla Khan, established the Yuan Dynasty
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD) - The Chinese sent the first fleets of ships for trading.
Qing (Manchu) Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD) - This was the last Chinese Dynasty.  The dynasties ended when the emporor was overthrown and a republic was established.


1. How many centuries were the dynasties in existence?

2. Which was the longest dynasty? the shortest? If you were to graph the dynasties, what increments would you use for the vertical axis?

3. What is the range of the dynasties?

4. What year is the middle of the Yuan Dynasty?

5. Confucious lived from 551-479 B.C. How old was he when he died?

6. During what centuries was the Tang Dynasty?

7. About how many decades did the Han Dynasty last?

8. If acupuncture started at the beginning of the 11th century, how many centuries has it been in practice?

Chinese Dynasty Solutions

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