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  (618-907, 290 years)  

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by Han Huang, a painter in the Tang Dynasty
 

 

ABOUT THE DYNASTY

The second emperor, Li Shimin, an exceptionally talented statesman and military strategist, started his reins in 627 and made Tang probably the most glorious dynasty in Chinese history.  Empire greatly expanded; period of excellence in sculpture, painting and poetry; oldest extant printed book published in 868; influence by Central Asia in dance and music.  Japan copied much of Tang culture and institutions, and adopted Chinese characters as her form of written language.  The capital city of Chang'an was a cosmopolitan city of wealth and splendor unparallel in the world.


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