The ABC's of Ancient ChinaBy Kenzie Hampton
A is for Ancestors!Everyone in Shang China worshiped their ancestors, hoping for good lives.
B is for Bang!Lui Bang, once a peasant, was the creator of the Han dynasty.
C is forConfucius!Confucius was a great, wise philosopher who founded Confucianism.
D is for Dao!The Dao, or, "Way," was the way the kind must rule.
E is for Exams!The Civil Service Exams helped choose people worthy of holding government positions.
F is for Filial Piety!The filial piety stated that children must respect their parents and all older beings, because they are wiser.
G is for Great Wall!The Great Wall of China was built by farmers forced to leave their homes and farms.
H is for Huang He!The Huang He River is longer than 2,900 miles.
I is for Ideographs!Ideographs are the joining of two or more pictographs to represent an idea.
J is for Japan!Japan, an ally of China, traded with the Chinese along the Silk Road.
K is for Khan!The Ghengis Khan lead the Mongols to victory in conquering China.
L is for Legalism!Legalism is the idea of peace through strict rule and harsh punishment.
M is for Mandate of Heaven!A heavenly order, called the Mandate of Heaven, chose theemperorand why they were meant to rule.
N is for Neo-Confucianism!Neo-Confucianism taught that the afterlife is just as important as normal life on Earth.
O is for One-Child Policy!The One-Child Policy stated that each family could only have one child, with some special exceptions.
P is for Porcelain!Porcelain, now commonly called "china" was very valuable and traded on the Silk Road.
Q is for Qin!In 221 B.C., the Qin ruler declared himself as Qin Shihuangdi.
R is for Rulers!Some of the first Chinese rulers were believed to be from the Xia dynasty.
S is for Silk Road!The Silk Road was a major trading route on which they traded silk, porcelain, tea, and spices.
T is for Tang!During the Tang dynasty, it was discovered that coal could be used to heat things, opposed to wood.
U is for Uniting!Qin Shihuangdi was the one credited with uniting China.
V is for Victory!The discovery of gunpowder lead the Chinese armies to victory.
W is for Wudi!Emperor Han Wudi ordered Zhang Qian to explore beyond China.
X is for Xia!Little is known about the short-lived Xia dynasty.
Y is for Yangtze River!The Yangtze River is also known as the Chang Jiang River.
Z is for Zhou!The longest ruling dynasty in all of Chinese history was the Zhou dynasty.