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A vessel from the Western Zhou Dynasty is the oldest known bronzeware with an inscription that includes the characters for China

Ancient Chinese craftsmen created exquisite black ceramics with sophisticated manufacturing techniques that are still hard to reproduce

From minting coins to controlling commodities, runaway inflation in ancient China laid bare the limits of imperial power

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From ancient hunters hitting the slopes to skating soldiers and alcohol-fueled sledding sessions, China’s north has hosted centuries of snow and ice sport

In ancient China, ethnic minorities dominated foreign commerce, while restrictive policies and conservative views often prevented the Han majority from joining the fray

From peaceful trade to full-scale war, animals played a big role in ancient China’s diplomatic relations