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Zhang Liang: Another Hero of the Early Han Dynasty

Zhang Liang (張良) (around 262–189 B.C.), along with Han Xin and Xiao He, was known as one of the “Three Heroes of the Early Han Dynasty (漢朝三傑).” He was a chief military strategist, minister, and […]

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Liu Xiu: Decisive Emperor of Great Mercy

Liu Xiu was not only known for his exceptional talent in military strategy. He was also known for being an open and honest man who bestowed rewards and punishments in a fair and transparent way. […]

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Emperor Wen: Western Han Rule With Ethics and Courtesy

The Qin Dynasty (秦朝) (221–206 B.C.), China’s first imperial dynasty, lasted for only 15 years before it was replaced by the Han Dynasty (漢朝), which lasted more than 400 years (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). The greatest […]

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Daoist Liu An Accidentally Invented Tofu

Liu An, the King of Huainan (in today’s Anhui provinces) lived in the Western Han Dynasty. He was keen on practicing Daoism through which he accidentally invented Tofu more than 2,100 years ago. Liu An […]

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Politician Fan Zhongyan Put Others’ Needs First

Fan Zhongyan was a prominent politician and a famed poet and writer during the Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 970-1127). A saying of his, “Be the first to feel concern for others and the last to […]

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The Real Treasures of Wei State

A marquis named Jing Hou once paid a visit to the prince of Wei State during the Warring States period of Chinese history (475–221 B.C.). Jing Hou specially dressed up for the occasion, holding a […]

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Cao Cao: A Ruler with Great Tolerance and Acceptance

The Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220-280) was a turbulent era in China’s history, with colourful historical figures who jointly personified the notions of fidelity and righteousness in Chinese culture. Among the most prominent characters were […]