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Ancient China

Terms for China

Outer China Western and Northern parts of China - does not have much to do with ancient China
Inner China Southeastern part of present day China - closer to sea level. This is where most of our studies will be located
Tibet-Qinghai Plateau Rocky and high elevation. Himalayas are the southern edge of the plateau
Taklimakan Desert 105000 square miles - Name means ''once you go in, you never come out'' Many sand dunes
Gobi Desert 500000 square miles covers the part of China and Mongolia. It is stony and has little vegetation
Oasis A place where water can be found in the desert
Northeastern Plain Located in present day Mongolia - low hills and plains - prairie grass fed ancient horses, sheep and cattle.
Huang He River Also known as the yellow river - one of the worlds largest rivers
Chang Jiang Basin Low, wet coastal plains located near Chang Jiang River. Warm and wet climate
Chang Jiang River Longer than the Yellow River, which is what Chang Jiang means. It has thousands of tributaries
Tributary A stream that feeds into a larger river
Maize A type of corn
Mutton Meat made from sheep
Millet A type of grain
Shang Dynasty 1700 - 1122 BCE - A time of bronze weapons social structure - Kings had great wealth
Zhou Dynasty 1034 - 256 BCE - Started in Northwest China and moved to the central plains
Confucianism Lead by example - Goal is an honest and just society; based on 5 basic relationships
Daoism Rule as little as possible - return to a simple and natural way of living. Live in harmony with the way of nature
Legalism Set clear laws and harshly punish those who disobey. Based on the teachings of Hanfeizi
Created by: Seth Judge
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