History

Discover China
China has a mysterious history and each timeline has a unique story to tell. It takes a lifetime to travel through it. Gone over a long history and follows the succession of dynasties: Qin (221-206 BC), Han (206-220 AD), Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), every era in China is steeped in history . The sites of ancient Buddhism, Daoist Philiosphy and Dao De Jing- the first Chinese classic to be translated into Sanskrit at the insistence of Xuan Zang, the Buddhist master of the Tang period, have been inspiring the historiographers and influencing the aficionados. Examine ancient technologies, handicrafts and architecture. Walk

through the world’s oldest surviving building; it now houses the Palace Museum. The world renowned heritage sites –The Ming Tombs, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Grand Canal, the Karez Irrigation and the terracotta warriors are the symbols of the rich culture heritage of the nation and prompted archaeologists to investigate. Known as Dafo, the world’s monolithic statue of Lord Buddha, gazing over the river with his heavy eyelids, has impressed the sculptors and the believers of Buddhist Theism. So pack your bags and flip back into the past.
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