Ancient Chinese Civilization: After the Bronze Age

After the Bronze Age, ancient China continued to grow and prosper. The inside of the household began to change with the introduction to new items. Clothing began to evolve into more sophisticated forms of expression. Fancy hats and shoes begin to make an appearance on the feet and heads of early Chinese inhabitants. Political and entertainment advances are also mentioned in this article.


From 600 BCE to 200 CE, the Classical Age of ancient Chinese civilization brought three different dynasties. The later rule of the Chou Dynasty is observed during this time period, which brought great minds, such as Confucius. Taoism also began to take shape and form during the Chou Dynasty.


Following these great movements and religious leaders, the Ch’in Dynasty (also known as Qin) was established. This is the time where the first emperor is crowned and the construction of the first Great Wall of China is started. After the Ch’in Dynasty, the Han Dynasty makes a mark in history. It is during this time that the Silk Road is created.


Throughout the Classical Age, many different highlights are worth noting. A central government was established and public schools were springing up throughout the country. The Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival become annual celebrations. Additional achievements throughout the Classical Age include the use of mirrors, oil lamps, and fireplaces. It was also during this Dynasty that residents descending from marble staircases. Residences were decorated with window frames with colored glass. Women began to dress with the help of fancy shoes.


The Age of Division took place between 200-600 CE. A wide-range of dynasties and a multitude of accomplishments were seen during this time. This is the time when gunpowder enters historical lore. During this era, tea drinking made its first appearance. It had a slow start, but by the T’ang Dynasty, the beverage became a real rage.


The T’ang Dynasty was part of the Early Medieval Period, which was observed from 600-900 CE. Many will refer to this time period as the Golden Age, as all major ancient civilizations possess one. A wealth of accomplishments and achievements are seen during this time. New ideas blossomed and the very important religion, Buddhism begins to gain followers. An assortment of furniture and ceramics are associated with this time period as well.


Clothing begins to flourish in new and different directions. Fancy hats are worn and belts made from jade now decorate the wardrobe. Silk robes also become popular. Jewelry also makes strides. This is the time where a lot of gold, silver, amber, and turquoise are worn.


During the T’ang Dynasty, a variety of entertainment and extracurricular activities help pass the time. A form of football is noted, as well as an array of different games, sports, music, and dance moves begin to take on their own shape. Throughout households, spoons, goblets, and teacups are found.


Trade also takes place during this time where tea becomes an important commodity. The substance was used as a bartering tool with the ancient Mongolia so that the Chinese could get their hands on horses. This policy was aptly referred to as the “Tea and Horse” policy.