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History of China

Can you guess these facts from Chinese history?
In China, the family name comes first!
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First submittedJanuary 5, 2015
Last updatedJune 10, 2019
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River called the cradle of Chinese civilzation
Yellow River
What gave the emperor the right to rule
Mandate of Heaven
Chinese name for China, reflecting its position in the world
Middle Kingdom
Oldest book of Chinese classics, credited to the Duke of Zhou
I Ching
Probably China's most influential philosopher
Confucius
Founder of Daoism
Laozi
Ancient canal, still the world's longest
Grand Canal
Protective barrier meant to keep out northern invaders
Great Wall
Indian religion that exerted a great influence in China
Buddhism
Mongolian Khan who conquered China
Kublai Khan
Zheng He's fleet of ships bearing gifts throughout Asia
Treasure Fleet
Hairstyle mandated by Manchu conquerors
Queue
China fought two wars because of Western efforts
to import this drug
Opium
Territory controlled by the UK, 1842-1997
Hong Kong
Military leader of China who fled to Taiwan
Chiang Kai-shek
First communist leader of China
Mao Zedong
Communist economic program that resulted in perhaps
30 million deaths due to famine
Great Leap
Forward
Communist effort to purge traditional culture
Cultural Revolution
Chinese leader who said "to get rich is glorious"
Deng Xiaoping
Major Dynasties
202 BC - 202
Han
618-907
Tang
960-1279
Song
1271-1368
Yuan
1368-1644
Ming
1644-1911
Qing
 
 
Four great
ancient capitals
Beijing
Chang'an
Luoyang
Nanjing
 
 
Four great
ancient inventions
Compass
Gunpowder
Papermaking
Printing
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level 82
Jan 6, 2015
Lao-tse? Lao-tzu? Or some such? Please some alternative spellings for that one. Didn't the Chinese also invent paper money?
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level 72
Jan 6, 2015
I was going to say the same thing about Lao Tzu!
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level ∞
Jan 6, 2015
I added more type-ins for that one.
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level 65
Aug 9, 2015
How the heck to 43% of people know who Deng Xiaopeng is? That seems super high, he's just not that commonly known (I think).
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level 77
Aug 9, 2015
Probably because he shows up on my excellent World Leaders of the Cold War quiz.
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level 76
May 17, 2016
Although he didn't come immediately after Mao, he was arguably the most important Chinese leader after him. His efforts to open China to the west, economically at least, are the underlying reason so much of the world's goods are now made in China.
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level 69
Jun 18, 2018
Just the leader for 10 years of the largest nation on earth. Ever heard of Ronald Reagan? He was the leader of a country about 1/4 the size for about the same time.
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level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
If you credit Deng with letting China become a capitalist country, then it's nearly impossible to understate his importance. In 1981, 88% of Chinese people lived in extreme poverty (defined as less than $1.90 per day). Today, that number is 0.7%. Few people in history have had so great an impact as Deng Xiaoping.
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level 62
Jul 11, 2019
You just need to read some books, e.g. Wild Swans. And Deng Xiaoping is fun to say.
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level 60
Jul 11, 2019
We learned about him in History class. Deng is a very important figure in 20th-century History.
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level 78
Jul 12, 2019
Oh, I knew him, but I didn't know how to spell his name. Spelled Xiaoping right, but thought the first part was Den, not Deng.
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level 59
Aug 9, 2015
It's very nice that you bring these quizzes to the front page. This way Western people can learn more about Asian history. To be fair, you should accept Hubilai Khan as that's his name in Mongolian.
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level 61
Aug 10, 2015
31/33. My undergrad is in Chinese & Japanese History so I'm a little embarrassed I didn't get Deng Xiaoping. Legitimately didn't know compass. A little confused why you didn't include Hangzhou as a capital but did include Luoyang. They both were capitals during broken periods and unified dynasties (Hangzhou-Song, Luoyang-Zhou). Great quiz! I would love to see more "History of...." quizzes for other countries and cultures!
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level 57
Jul 11, 2019
I was also trying Kaifeng, which was at some point one of the largest (if not the largest) city in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_cities_throughout_history
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level 65
Jul 12, 2019
The four capitals come from the Chinese concept of 四大古都, or the “Four Great Ancient Capitals.” This list is somewhat arbitrary, as there have been numerous capitals for the various dynasties and sub-dynasties that have existed throughout Chinese history. It was made by late dynastic and early republican scholars, and has yet to be supplanted as the common summary of important dynastic capitals. I think that Beijing, Nanjing, and Xi’an are all solidly on the list, but that arguments could be made to leave off Luoyang or add other capitals. A line had to be drawn somewhere to leave off the “capitals” of regional warlords that declared themselves emperor, so as a matter of convention it just includes these four.
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level 39
Aug 12, 2015
Is there any chance you could accept Yangtze for the Yellow River?
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level 72
Aug 12, 2015
The Yangtze is not the "cradle of Chinese civilization", just the longest
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Yeah
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level 66
Jul 11, 2019
They are two separate rivers.
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level 35
Aug 12, 2015
Great quiz, I love China but got only 25/33. You could also include paper money in the section of chinese inventions.
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level 65
Jul 12, 2019
Although paper money was invented in China, it shouldn’t be added because this list is based on the Chinese concept of 四大发明, or the “Four Great Inventions.” Here, paper money is classified under paper and thus is still included.
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Can't yellow river also be yangtze
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level 76
Oct 14, 2015
No, that would be wrong.
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
63 %. Im happy with that
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level 28
Aug 13, 2015
What about the Qin Dynasty?
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level 33
Oct 4, 2015
yea, though it lasted only 15 years but it's the first dynasty with China as a whole, also made many important changes and policies that are even in use today
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level 65
Jul 12, 2019
The Qin Dynasty should really be included considering the impact on China’s: naming, dynastic political structure, Xi’an as the capital, terra cotta soldiers, and endless TV shows/movies about attempts to kill the emperor.
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level 47
Jul 11, 2019
Please accept Jiang Jieshi for Chiang Kai Shek
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level 69
Jul 11, 2019
Yeah, it probably should be accepted. It's how it's written in modern pinyin, although most people still call him Chiang Kai-shek. It's like how Mao Tse-tung and Mao Zedong are both acceptable names,
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level 65
Jul 12, 2019
It’s a fair request, but it’s understandable that they still call him Chiang Kaishek, as the old romanization system is still used in Taiwan.
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level 45
Jul 13, 2019
Yeah, Jiang Jieshi and maybe Jiang Zhongzheng should be accepted too.
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level 56
Jul 11, 2019
Han dynasty finished at AD220, not 202 (although by 196 the emperor was kidnapped by Cao Cao and Han existed in name only)
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level 58
Jul 11, 2019
Didn't Genghis start the conquest of China? It's a little bit misleading.
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level 49
Jul 11, 2019
Yes, I first typed in Genghis and was quite confused that it wasn't accepted. Kublai certainly completed the conquest of China, but much of the initial conquest was done by Genghis.
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level 62
Jul 11, 2019
I have said this many times and I'll say it again - can we please have the ACTUAL Chinese spellings accepted? I mean, Chiang Kai Shek's actual name is Jiang Jie Shi.
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level 77
Jul 11, 2019
Wouldn't the actual Chinese spelling be 蔣中正?
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level 47
Aug 6, 2019
The translation can be Jiang Jieshi. Not just Chiang Kai-shek. So Jiang Jieshi should still be included.
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level 65
Jul 12, 2019
Kongzi for Confucius? I always love seeing Kongzi and Laozi hang out together.
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level 79
Jul 12, 2019
I pictured the hairstyle immediately, but had no idea what it was called. I kept trying different variations with the word braid. :(
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level 54
Jul 12, 2019
I only missed the hairstyle. Aced all ON first try but nor queue. This confuse me. History and geography geek here
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level 32
Jul 14, 2019
Please accept more regexes for Kublai Khan.
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level 76
Jul 15, 2019
Couldn't figure out how I got such a low score - then I noticed the second column. Sigh.
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level 47
Aug 6, 2019
Gonna say this again because it hasn't changed. Quizmaster, please add Jiang Jieshi as an option.