China – A land once seen as being mystic and full of mystery, from which legends arose. Historians believe that the Chinese civilization can be dated back to 6000 B.C, making it the longest continuous civilization in the world, pretty impressive.
Through the following pictures of ancient china, we can see just what they did as a civilization through those centuries. Take a look and be amazed.
1. The Great Wall of China
It was built during the Qin Dynasty in 210 BC, by the First Emperor Qin Ch’ao. The wall crosses nine provinces and is 6,700 Km long.
2. Terracotta Army
It was also constructed during the Qin Dynasty by Emperor Ch’ao. It was uncovered by farmers in 1974, an amazing find. 7,000 warriors, chariots, and horses were buried with the Emperor to protect him in the afterlife
3. The Forbidden City
The city within in the city where Chinese Emperors held court for 500 years, from the 15th century to 1911.
4. Potala Palace
Built between 617-650, as a Palace for Songtsen Gampo, the founder of the Tu-Bo Dynasty. It was rebuilt again in the 17th century and became the residence of Dalai Lamas
5. The Summer Palace
Largest Imperial Garden, it was the Royal Summer resort in the Qing Dynasty from 1644-1911
6. The Mogao Grottoes
The Holy Land of Buddhist Art, its construction spanned over 16 dynasties. The first ever carving made for this was in 366.
7. Confucius Sites
The Mansion, Cemetry and Qufu Confucius Temple. It’s the 2nd largest ancient complex and was completed during the Qing Dynasty between 1722-1735
The oldest and only preserved dam-free water diversion irrigation system in the world. It was built in 250 BC and still provides water to major neighboring cities.
9. Mount Tai
One of the “Five Great Mountains”, it is associated with birth and renewal. It has been a place of worship for around 3,000 years.
10. Tusi Sites
A glimpse into the ancient chieftain system, southwest China for eight centuries
11. Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal
The oldest parts of the canal were built in the 5th Century but all the pieces to combined during the Sui Dynasty, 581-618 AD to create the longest artificial river in the world. The entire length of the Canal is 1,776 km
12. Wudang Mountains
Home to the Taoist temples and monasteries. The first temple was the Five Dragons Temple built by Emperor Taizong during the 600’s
13. Temple of Heaven
Built between 1406 – 1420. Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty came here for annual prayer ceremonies for a good harvest.
14. Dazu Rock Carvings
These Chinese religious carvings date back to the 7th century AD.
15. Leshan Giant Buddha
Built during the Tang dynasty between 618-690 & 705-907 AD, the statue stands at a height of 71m, carved into the side of a cliff.
The history of China is amazing, don’t you think?