Early China

Kaitlyn F. & Laura L.

Geography

The large land was isolated from much of the rest of the world by dry deserts to the north and west, the Pacific ocean to the East and impassible mountains to the South. This enabled the Chinese to develop independently from other world civilitions. Early China had a variety of different climates and terrains. Also China contains the third longest river in the world. The Yangzi river which provided irrigation for the farming of rice in the Southern region of China.

Chinese Society

  • Shang warriors wore leather armor, bronze weapons, and horse drawn chariots
  • Artists made goods for the for the noble. Such as bronze weapons, silk robes, and jade jewelry
  • Many people lived in a Pit House
  • People were peasant farmers
  • A typical farmer lived in a small village of around 100 families
  • Farmers had to work for the government for almost 1 month each year
  • North China ate a grain known as millet, while South China ate
  • Chinese believed in the ‘Ying and Yang’ and built a Pagoda, which is a Hindu or Buddhist Temple (A Sacred Temple)

Chinese Accomplishments

The early Chinese civilizations made many technological advancements and important inventions. Just a few of their many famous inventions were gunpowder, alcohol, the compass, and paper-making. Many of the early Chinese inventions have had a dramatic impact on the ways of modern living, and the resources we have access to today.