Category Archives: History of China

Ancient Scientist – Shen Kuo

Shen Kuo (1031-1091) was a Chinese scientist, polymath, general, diplomat, and financial officer who was the inventor of compasses for navigation. In the book Meng Xi Bi Tan (Dream Pool Essays) (1088) he wrote about mineralogy, erosion, sedimentation and uplift, mathematics, astronomy, and meteorology. The literal translation of Meng Xi Bi Tan is Brush talks [...]

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Huabiao – the Symbol of China

The Huabiao is a marble ornamental pillar engraved with entwisting dragons and auspicious clouds, used to decorate important buildings in old China. According to legends, the first such pillars were used about 4,000 years ago when Yao and Shun were the country’s rulers. At that time, they were made of wood, not marble, and they [...]

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Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was a Mongol Khan who founded of the Mongol Empire by unifying independent Mongol tribes under his banner for the first. Born as the second son of Yesugay Ba’ature, a tribal chief of the Kiyad (singular: Kiyan), Genghis Khan had a name of Temuzin which came after a defeated rival chief. Temuzin’s early [...]

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