20 Cool Facts From Ancient China That’ll Blow Your Mind

1Yu the Great

Yu the Great was a legendary ruler in ancient China famed for his introduction of flood control, inaugurating dynastic rule in China by establishing the Xia Dynasty. Yu was regarded as an ideal ruler and kind philosopher-king by the ancient Chinese.

2Su Hui

A 4th-century Chinese poet named Su Hui wrote a poem in the form of a twenty-nine by twenty-nine character grid. Each line can be read forward or backward, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. This arrangement allows for 2,848 different readings.

3Iron Pagoda

There is an Iron Pagoda built that was built in 1049 by the Chinese Song dynasty. It has experienced 38 earthquakes, six floods, and many other disasters, but it remains intact after almost 1000 years.

4Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian, the only reigning Empress of China was the wife of two different Emperors, who eventually usurped the throne and ruled through brutal use of murder, betrayal, and secret police forces.

5Ancient Chinese doctors

In ancient China, doctors could receive fees only if their patient was cured. If it deteriorated, they would have to pay the patient.

6Emperor Qianlong

During the Qing Dynasty in China, Emperor Qianlong was able to cancel taxes four times during his reign because the imperial treasury was so full.

7Liu Bang

Liu Bang, the founder of China's Han Dynasty, had such contempt for Confucian scholars in his early years that whenever he saw one wearing the school's distinctive hat, he'd snatch the hat off their head and piss in it.

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8Pekingese dogs

During the Tang Dynasty (around 600-900 A.D.), Pekingese dogs were purposely bred to fit into the sleeves of the aristocrats as hidden weapons for self-defense.

9Xiang Yu

Xiang Yu the night before attacking the Qin dynasty burnt all his own boats and cooking equipment so his troops had no other option but to fight till victory or perish.


In Ancient China, people used to drink panda urine if they accidentally swallowed a needle.


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