General History Websites for Ancient China

History for Kids: Ancient China
If you want to find out more about topics related to Ancient China, this is the site for you. Also, there are links to other ancient civilizations that you can click on to find out more information.

Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to Chinese History

Asia Society presents AskAsia
Created as a comprehensive K-12 resource on Asia, the site contains readings about many topics, maps, photos, drawings, and timelines. Colorful and interesting, there are many attractive features, such as a Chinese translation guide and a map game on China's geographic regions.

Ancient China for Kids
This site contains many links to a variety of topics related to Ancient China. Pick a topic that interests you and click on it for additional information and links to other sites.

Internet East Asian Sourcebook
This site contains many primary sources, articles, images, and Internet sites on ancient China. Including sections on cultural origins, religious traditions, and imperial China, this site is worth visiting when doing research on any topic in ancient China.

The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology
Did you know that the Shang were amazingly skilled metalworkers? Beautifully detailed vessels found in royal tombs reveal that the Shang were using bronze before most ancient people. A combination of artifacts and text are used to tell the story of several periods of history: late prehistoric China, the Bronze Age, the Zhou Dynasty, and early imperial China. This site also has a chronology timeline and a pronunciation guide where you can hear terms spoken in Chinese. Of particular interest are the pictures of excavations of the tombs of Shang rulers and of Emperor Qin (Shihuangdi).

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
How much can we learn about a culture and its history through the work of its artisans and artists? This timeline spans the globe and thousands of years. Click on the timeline for the appropriate years and then go to Asia for information on China. This site uses the museum's collection of artifacts and art, as well as text, maps, and focused timelines to illustrate and explain history. The most detailed information is on the later years of the ancient period, during the Qin and the Han dynasties.

Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, D.C.)
The Freer and Sackler galleries contain one of the finest museum collections of Chinese art outside of China, with over ten thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 7000–ca. 2000 B.C.E.) to the present. While the number of items is massive (more than 10,000!), it is their variety and quality that is truly amazing, with almost every medium and category of Chinese art represented. Click on "China History Timeline" to find out more about each Chinese dynasty and artwork associated with it.

Shanghai Museum
As a museum of ancient Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world.

China: Country Studies- Library of Congress
If you want to find out more China's history, click on the link above to find an index including many topics related to ancient and modern China.

Chinese New Year

The British Museum- Happy Chinese New Year!
Explore more about the Chinese New Year and related objects at the British Museum.

The History Channel- History of Chinese New Year
The History Channel has put together this website containing text and videos related to the history of the Chinese New Year and modern day celebrations. If you want to find out more about this topic, the History Channel link is worth clicking on.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (California) is a major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States. On this website, you can find out more about the Chinese New Year celebrations in ancient and modern times and the similarities and differences between Chinese New Year traditions in China versus the United States.

Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat- Countdown to the New Year
On this PBS Kids website, you can get ready for the Chinese New Year celebration by playing different games while finding out more about Chinese New Year traditions.

Chinese Zodiac
What year were you born? What sign are you according to the Chinese zodiac? (I was born in the year of the rabbit.) Find out what your sign is and the characteristics of that sign by clicking on the link above.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China, History, Gallery of Pictures, Travel Guide, News, Discovery & Research
If you want to find out more about the Great Wall of China as it developed through each Chinese dynasty, this is the website to use. Not only does it provide you with written information, but also the site contains many photographs of the wall.

The Great Wall of China- 360 Degree Virtual Tour
Although this site is mostly concerned with traveling in China, it contains a 360 degree virtual tour of the Great Wall of China, many color and black-and-white photos of the wall, and information and photos of Pingyao, an ancient walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Shang Dynasty

Shang Tomb of Fu Hao
This page from the Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization website includes a photograph of the excavation of Fu Hao's tomb, a list of its contents, images of artifacts, and historical background on the Shang dynasty.

Shang Dynasty Map- The Art of Asia
Created by the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, this website contains a ton of information about many of the Chinese dynasties. To use this guide, click on the dynasty about which you would like to find out more. Then, explore the maps, text, and artifacts associated with this time period.

Shi Huang-di and the Terracotta Warriors

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex, wife Evelyn, and her brother, Jonathan. And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Travel in China- Terracotta Warriors

Find out more about the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses by visiting this website. It contains a great deal of information about the famous terracotta warriors as well as video clips and pictures of these amazing figures.

Photographer O.Louis Mazzatenta- National Geographic Society
Why is Mr. Mazzatenta important when learning about the Terracotta Warriors? He was the first photographer to capture an artifact being unearthed when photographing the famous terracotta warriors. Click on the video link at the bottom of the page to listen to his story.

Terracotta Warriors: The Museum (Dorchester, Dorset, England)
The Terracotta Warriors Museum in Dorchester, Dorset, England is one of the only museums outside China exclusively dedicated to the Terracotta Warriors. All the terracotta warriors displayed in the museum have been specially made for exhibition by the technicians of the Lintong Museum Cultural Relic Workshop, Xian, China, as well as workshops of the China National Arts & Crafts Corporation, Xian. Other terracotta warriors were specially created for the display in the museum workshops of World Heritage as were the costumed figures of the First Emperor and General Meng Tian together with the reconstructions of the armor, weapons, and costumes.


Sacred Sites of Taoism and Modern Provinces and Major Cities of the People's Republic of China Map

World Belief Systems: Taoism
Created by the Oswego City School District in New York, this website features a brief overview of the main beliefs of Taoism (Daoism), with links to other belief systems, including Confucianism and Buddhism.


Sacred Sites of Confucianism and Modern Provinces and Major Cities of the People's Republic of China Map

Confucius Quotes
If you are looking for quotes by Confucius, this is the site to which to go.

Confucious: A Biography
The Crystallinks website provides a biography of Confucious from many Internet resources. Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can click on "China Index," which will give you a list of links related to different topics in Ancient Chinese history.

Confucius (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Through this free encyclopedia provided by Stanford University, you can read about the life and teachings of Confucius.

The Internet Classics Archive: The Analects by Confucius
As you investigate more about The Analects, you will want to click on the link for this website. Once you get to the site, you can only click on Sections 2, 3, and 4 to read an English translation of The Analects (Section 1 link is broken).

Confucius: His Life and Teachings
This Library Thinquest website provides detailed information on Confucius, his life and teachings, and compares Confucianism to Taoism (Daoism) and Legalism.


Mulan Special Edition- The Official Website
Originally released as an animated feature by Disney in 1998, Mulan tells the story of a young girl living in China as the Huns invade. When her father is called to go into war, Mulan disguises herself as a man and charges into war in his place. Her ancestors send a little dishonored dragon, Mushu, to help Mulan in her quest to save China.

Mulan II
Released on DVD in 2004, Mulan II tells the story of Mulan and her love, Captain (now General) Li Shang who asks her to marry him and live happily ever after. However, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, which they accomplish while dodging the Mongolians and saving China once again.

Ballad of Mulan
You can find the Chinese and English translation of the Ballad of Mulan on this website.