Ancient China Pathfinder
Art and Literature
Asian Art Museum
Art of China
The Asian Art Museum’s online collection spans 6,000 years and includes more than 5,000 objects that
can be viewed online. This comprehensive collection provides an introduction to the major traditions of
Asian art and culture.
A collection of Chinese art from the Smithsonian Gallery: pottery, stone figures, jewelry, metal artifacts,
textiles, clothing. Includes full descriptions for each item.
What influenced the art of China? This site discusses the various forms of art, the style and the process
and materials used.
Classic Chinese Paintings
A collection of Chinese paintings including paintings deived into dynastic periods and portraits of the
Chinese Literature Classics
Writings of Confucius, stories, and essays.
Several examples of classic Chinese poetry translated into English.
Shinto Creation Stories
The creation of heaven and earth, the creation of the gods, and many more.
Government and Politics
The Ancient Dynasties
An introduction to Chinese dynasties, imperial eras, and empire building. Maps included.
Concise Political History of China
This page provides an overview of China’s political history from past to present.
Timeline of China
Maps of China
A brief page illustrating China’s chronology.
Includes regional views, provinces, cities, map of the Silk Road, a map of the rivers, views from space,
and a historical map of the Mongol Empire.
Mummies of China
Read about the mummies found in the Chinese desert.
The Yellow River Culture
Background about the beginnings of Chinese culture in the Yellow River Valley circa 4000 B.C.
An introduction to ancient Chinese civilizations including the Shang, the Zhou Kings, the Confucius
legend, and Daoism.
The Chou Civilization
After the Shang, the Chou Civilization rose to power. Read about their background, the Mandate of
Heaven, and The One Hundred Schools.
History of China Glossary
Get a little help figuring out what some of the Chinese terms mean at this site.
Terra Cotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty
The Great Wall
Read about the pottery army buried in the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.
Discover when, how, and why the Great Wall was built. Includes photographs.
China Revealed: The Great Wall
Short video from Discovery Channel about the Great Wall. Why and where it was built.
The Forbidden City
Take a virtual tour around the city while learning about its history.
Mogao Caves in China
A site in Central China where Buddhist monks carved out caves between the 5 th and 11 th centuries.
Land of Genghis Khan
From National Geographic, get a full biography on Khan, see a map of his empire, take a virtual tour
around Mongolia today.
A kid-friendly site where you can learn Chinese history, religion, clothing, economy, games, philosophy,
food, people, and architecture.
Introduction to Chinese philosophy including pre-Confusian China and the Five Classics.
Introduction to Buddhism
Learn about the history of Buddhism, the basics of Buddhist wisdom, the Wheel of Life and more.
A listing of tasty Chinese dishes including full menu ideas.
Foot Binding in China
Details about the origins of foot binding, how it works, and the effects on the body.
Ancient Chinese Clothing
Learn all about the clothing worn in ancient China. This site also explains foot binding—complete with a
Kidipede gives a brief introduction to Chinese people.
Ancient Chinese Food
Learn about the main foods of ancient China—rice, millet, sorghum, and wheat.
Daily Life in Ancient China
A brief introduction to daily life in Ancient China—family life, religion and culture, and money.