China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is it so coherent, often sticking to itself, remaining undivided? Why is it so dynamic, always able to revive, regenerate and revitalise itself? Why is it an immortal phoenix able to rise again on its ashes? These are enduring questions. Nobody can give a complete answer, full stop. They will stimulate intellect, provoke interest, engage investigation. > read more
Silk Road - History
Named in the middle of the 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, the Silk Road - perhaps the greatest East-West trade route and vehicle for cross-cultural exchange - was first travelled by General Zhang Qian in the second century BC while on a mission from Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
Chenjiagou, a village in Wenxian County, Henan Province, is well-known not only for its wushu masters but also for being the birthplace of Taijiquan.
Ethnic Groups in China
China has long been a unified multi-national state. The Chinese nation is composed of 56 different nationalities. The majority of the Chinese are Hans, who make up about 92 percent of China's total population. The name Han originated over two thousand years ago during the Han Dynasty.
Revised June 20, 2011