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What Impact Did Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi Have on China Today?
Transcript of What Impact Did Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi Have on China Today?
THE GRAND TOMB AND TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Qin Shi Huang was a person who feared death, requested for immortality and cheated death. He was always thinking about ways to prevent death, and so, one of his accomplishments was that he built the grandest tomb ever in the whole world with an entire army made out of clay to also help defend and attack for him in the afterlife.
The Grand Tomb is filled with secrets, it has been said that there are rivers and seas of mercury, traps installed inside so that no one shall be able to enter his tomb of where he rests, and secured with safety and peace. The people who knew about the way in the tomb were forced to be trapped in the tomb to keep the secret, such as the builders, designers, engineers etc. The tomb is buried under a mountain - Mountain Li.
The tomb is yet to be discovered, although the clay army situated in Xi'an is available for viewing, the thousands of warriors that still stand to protect their leader.
ROADS AND CANALS
The Emperor helped his people with easier travel by creating canals and roads.
He created the massive network of roads to allow tools, bricks, workers, foods etc. to the Wall where construction was at work, but the main purpose of the roads would be to strengthen the Emperor's empire. Part of the imperial road system today was started by The First Emperor. He also created 'Fast Roads' that spread out from the Capital city which can still be seen beside a modern highway. The total amount of roads built by Qin Shi Huangdi was approximately 4,250miles.
Canals such as the famous Lingqu Canal was built by The First Emperor, the use of the canals are also very similar to the purpose of the roads. It was also used as an encouragement towards trading, since canals were able to bring people to more trading areas. Canals could also transport any items that were to be used for trading to be transported more safely.
One of the most famous canal,
The Lingqu Canal
The writing/language used at the time
The adapted form used today from before
Since the tomb has not yet been discovered,
there are only some thoughts about it....
Before, in Ancient China, then "China" did not exist, instead China started off with 7 individual states which were always at war, the period was known as The Warring States Period. But the the wars ended when Qin took over every one of them states by defeating all of them individually and claimed victory in 221BC after 9 years of fighting.
So now, after going through a violent and cruel time, China was made to become one whole by The First Emperor, to which it is today. Where everything is all unified. This was one of the biggest accomplishments that the Emperor has done.
"...Through a violent and cruel time..."
Standardizing the Writing System
Although writing was used a long time before even The FIrst Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi allowed writing to be more standardized all through the whole coutnry.
The language in China today is the same to the language that you'd have used in China back from Ancient China.
The writing is similar although it has been adapted to use more straighter strokes.
By changing the language, it was also beneficial to communication around China (back then and now) and also to prevent any more conflicts.
Standardizing the Measurement and Weights
The First Emperor created a new measurement system to help clarify as all the 7 states had their own way of measuring things.
It helped cause less confusion and and it also helped strengthen his kingdom so that it would be as onel
WHO IS THIS QIN SHI HUANG?
Qin Shi Huang is the First Emperor of China and has created many accomplishments that still exist today.
He has created a legacy that is still known today even though it was since a long time ago back in Ancient China.
He is known to be a tyrant, who subjected China into one of the most bloodiest phase in its history, although still showing many signs of being helpful to his people.
Map of The 7 States Before
Standardization of The Currency
As all the 7 States before all used different currency, they all had their own type of currency.
So, to create less confusion, The First Emperor declared that the round coin with a square-shaped hole in the center shall be the coin that is used in China.
The coin was called the Ban Liang Coin.
But now, the currency has changed in China to use Yuan and Renminbi.
There are some things that were created do not have a seriously big impact on China today such as The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors since they were for The Emperor himself and for protection that isn't needed now, but they all taught us some things about China's History, how things were like in Ancient China.
However, many other things such as the canals, roads and the Standardized Systems have either been adapted to or are still used today and are just like from the Ancient time are still beneficial to China even now.
Finally, of course without having Qin Shi Huangdi unifying all the 7 Warring States, China may not have even existed today, and that also would affect the whole Earth because then it wouldn't be the same like now.
The Great Wall of China that goes through terrains and mountains...
The Great Wall of China
The First Emperor of China created The Great Wall of China to help defend and protect his empire from the nomadic tribes that attacked and stole the farms for food.
The other dynasties after the Qin Dynasty also built on to the structure, improving and building it making it longer and longer time to time.
There were millions of people who were enslaved and conscripted into making The Great Wall of China, of which 1 million people died during the process of the creation.
The Great Wall of China
The people died because of sometimes exhaustion, disease and sickness, rocks that fell on people and thus them falling off the edge, slipping off the edge etc.
Some people were just simply buried on top of on where they fell, using the m as just like extra longer bricks. This was sometimes because that they did not want to waste any money on funeral expenses and also to save materials.
So now THE Great Wall of China is basically just like a long cemetery.
However, after the Manchus which were a nomadic tribe, the point for a Great Wall wasn't needed anymore.
The Law of The Carts
Qin Shi Huangdi created a law that all the wheel's' carts must be needed to have the same distance apart - 6 feet.
By making this law, than there was only one set of ruts in the roads, leading to much less wear and tear.
This lead to people knowing how wide a road would need to be, so they were made possible.
The 7 States: