Early Chinese civilizations

Rex Batten

Climate & Geography

In the north, winters are very long and cold, and the summers are very short and sunny and hot. The south has a subtropical climate. The summers are hot and the winters are pretty mild. In the winter, monsoons blow from the mountainous regions and they are cold and dry. In the summer, monsoons blow from the south across the seas bringing rain.

Political and social structures

Early Chinese kings were buried in royal tombs. The royal family occupied the top of the Shang society, the aristocracy came next. The majority of the people were peasants who farmed the aristocracy's land.