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Ancient China

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Ancient China by: Linet,Sena,Amaka
Ancient China
To the south and southeast of China are the Himalaya Mountains. These are the highest mountains in the world. They provided a nearly impassable border for Ancient China, keeping the area isolated from many other civilizations. They were also important to Chinese religion and were considered sacred.

Physical features
Problems the people cause for their enviroment
-Air pollution in Beijing is emblenatic of China many enviromental problem.
-Water pollution -Deserfication
-Biodiversity -Cancer villages
The affects
- It affected Ancient China's culture because geography made many in some of China's parts of land. One way China's culture got affected was through the Silk Road. Now days there are plains, boats, and cars to transport stuff from one place to another, but back in Ancient China they used the Silk Road. The Silk Road made good and bad changes, a bad thing that happened was that there were people getting robbed, because there were no guards watching over but China soon fixed that.
To the north and west of Ancient China were two of the world's largest deserts: the Gobi Desert and the Taklamakan Desert. These deserts also provided borders that kept the Chinese isolated from the rest of the world. The Mongols, however, lived in the Gobi Desert and were constantly raiding cities of northern China. This is why the Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese from these northern invaders.

China is surrounded by deserts and mountains. These acted natural barriers, separating China from the rest of the world. But not all China's geography were barriers. China has two major river systems that provided fertile soil and safe drinking water.
The early people called the rivers in China "The Great Sorrow." Thats because each spring the rivers would overflow their banks.
The Yangtze River had high banks which kept the homes built on high ground.
The other major river system, the Huang He, ( The yellow river,) has low banks. Some early people built homes on stilt, to try to keep their home safe during the flooding season.
Economy and Technology of Ancient China
In early years, by the time of Confucius, Chinese people traded salt, iron, fish, cattle, and silk. To facilitate trade, the First Emperor instituted a uniform weights and measure system and standardized the road width so carts could bring trade goods from one region to the next. Through the famous Silk Road, they also traded externally: goods from China could wind up in Greece. At the eastern end of the route, the Chinese traded with people from India, providing them with silk and getting lapis lazuli, coral, jade, glass, and pearls in exchange.
The Ancient Chinese were famous for their inventions and technology. Many of their inventions had lasting impact on the entire world. Other inventions led to great feats of engineering like the Grand Canal and the Great Wall of China.
- silk
- paper
- printing
- compass
- gunpowder
Most men in ancient china were primarily active in farming and fishing. As food production increased, people were able to branch out into other occupations.
women have traditionally taken care of the home and children while men have worked on production. Women have often cultivated food crops; men became hunters and cultivated other crops.

Some kids work hard in the fields, planting rice or millet, weeding the vegetables, feeding the chickens, or taking care of their little brothers or sisters.

Government of Ancient China
The First Emperor
Qin Shi Huang
-Do the things you are told.
-Respect your elders.
-Have good public schools.
-Avoid legal actions.
-Remember the laws.
-Keep anger under control.
People in Ancient China needed to be told about the laws and rules all the time so they'll keep it in mind and no one would get angry or get upset. One of the most important laws in ancient China was the children has to be completely respectful to their ancestors and to show it as much as possible.
If any laws were broken in Ancient China the punishments were very serious. Each crime determined the form of punishment that would be received. For example, a small crime would result in a beating from a bamboo stick which was considered a very mild punishment. Pick-pockets were branded on the arms for their first and second offenses, while a third offense brought them before the criminal courts. Criminals could also have their cheeks branded by red-hot irons which left scars on their face. Crimes against the emperor brought the worst punishments. They were not allowed any support from their families.
what does the government look like
During the stone age, people in Ancient China
lived in small villages and then chieftains. China was united into an empire and there was and emperor or empress who ruled over many smaller kings.
rules and laws similar to today
-Never rise your chopstick unless the host rises the chopsticks first,
its similar to these days because when the king and queen arrives at the table, you have to eat when they say so.
Girl working in rice pattie
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