The 5000 Years
that Chinese are proud of
A good way to make a new Chinese friend is to show interest in the chinese origin, which can be traced back to at least 5000 years ago.
The people are very proud of the heritage.
This was evident in the lavish displays of the history and culture during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2008, and the 60th anniversary displays in 2009.
As our major objective is to understand the mindset, we will touch only on historical periods Chinese frequently talk about . We'd as a result skip periods that are important from the historian’s points of view.
The starting point
When we are talking about the chinese origins, we may talk about events that took place more than a million years ago.
The archaeological site of Xihoudu (西侯度) in Shanxi Province, for example, shows evidence of the earliest use of fire dated back to 1.27 million years ago.
But when we are talking about the china's history, we are talking about the Chinese civilization that began around 5,000 years ago.
Generally, we refer to the time beginning from the Xia Dynasty, which can be traced back to as early as 2,000 BC.
These are the period in the history that we will like to draw your attention to:
- Spring & Autumn Period
- Qin, and the first emperor of China Qinshihuang
- Han, the Han People and Language
- The Three Kingdoms and the historical novel
- Tang Dynasty the golden age
- Qing the last dynasty
- The Republic of China
- The Peoples' Republic of China
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