Archive for February, 2012

More Qin Shi Huang’s contributions

Monday, February 27th, 2012

He ordered everyone to use the same coins , weights and measures, and a common written language. Hard-working and disciplined, he read 55 kilograms (120 pounds) of reports written on bamboo slips every day.

The First Emperor is a Tyrant and a Genius Man

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The First Emperor was a tyrant but also a genius. Besides his tomb, he built the Great Wall and 6500 kilometres (4000 miles) of highways, as well as canals, bridges and palaces

Boy-King With a Mission (Cont’d 3)

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By the time he was 38 years old, his country of Qin had defeated the six other states and unified the country. He gave himself the title of First Emperor of All China. (The English name ʻChinaʼ probably came from the word Qin.)

Boy-King With a Mission (Cont’d 2)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

As soon as he became King, he transported 700000 (seven hundred thousand) men from all over China to construct a tomb for him just outside his capital city (close to Xian ). He really wanted to live forever and searched for an elixir of immortality, but a grand tomb was the next best thing. The project continued until he died 36 years later. It became by far the most elaborate tomb in the world, a complex of many chambers around a central tomb the height of a 25-storey 25 building.