China•Located in East Asia•Third (3’rd) largest country after Russia and Canada•World’s largest population – over 1 billion people
1. What products were traded by China along the Silk Road?• Silk fabric• Tea• Steel• Paper• Porcelain
Silk RoadThe 7,000 mile route spanned China, Central Asia, Northern India, and theByzantine and Roman Empires. It connected the Yellow River Valley to theMediterranean Sea and passed through places such as Chinese cities Kansuand Sinkiang and present-day countries Iran, Iraq and Syria.
2. What were some of the subjects of Tang Poetry?• Beauty of nature• Changing seasons• Good friends• Sadness of friends parting• Social injustices• Problems of the poor
Sample PoetsDuo Fu Li Bo Bo Li Bo Li What subjects did they write about?
Critical Thinking3. Fill in the chart to describe the new technologies developed in China. Metalworking Printing Weapons Sailing
Summarize4. Describe the changes to Chinese agriculture during the Tang Dynasty.• Improved irrigation• New ways to grow crops• New kinds of rice produced more food• New rice that was resistant to disease
Contrast5. How do the two forms of printing invented by the Chinese differ?• Woodblock: entire page cut into a block of wood• Movable type: separate characters made of clay joined to form words
Evaluate6. Which invention of the Tang and Song dynasties do you think has been most important? Explain.
Examples of Chinese InventionsPorcelain is usually white or cream colored. The firstporcelain pots were left that color when they made it.It took the West centuries to figure out how to reproduceChinese porcelain!
Examples of Chinese InventionsThe Compass allowed people to sail farther away fromhome.
Examples of Chinese InventionsGunpowder was used to make fireworks and thefire lance.