Saturday, June 14, 2008

Qin Shi Huang

I have the greatest respect for the Emperors of China. Their legend, legacy and history are interesting and leaves us fascinated even till today.

There are many documentaries, dramas, movies, books and scholarly studies on the history of China, the Warring States Period, etc.

I came across a documentary by Modern Marvels, the Great Wall of China. I wont talk much about the Great Wall of China but will share a piece of information about Qin Shi Huang.

Anyway, the Great Wall of China is not really visible from space. Read it from a factual website. Only two man made structures are visible from space : The Pyramids of Giza and the Hoover Dam.

Got it from here. Dont ask me about the credibility of this information. Haha. Correct me if I am wrong here.

Okay back to the Modern Marvels documentary. According to the video clip, Qin Shi Huang was not a true royal blood.

His father was a merchant. This merchant once seeked an audience with the Prince of Qin. The Prince of Qin liked the merchant's concubine. So this merchant gave his wife away to the Prince of Qin. The Prince did not know that she was already pregnant with Qin Shi Huang.

Hmm. It was a shocking information to me. I always thought that Qin Shi Huang was truely royal blood. Any historians want to share with me about Qin Shi Huang's history? Haha.

I attended Australian Economy lectures in my first year in ANU. My lecturer once gave a class on world economy. We discussed about China at that time because PM Wen Jiabao was about to make a historic visit to Australia at that time.

He told us that the richest country in the world was China in the past. If I am not mistaken, it was the Tang Dynasty. China lost it all during their bloody wars. And now, the population of China is rapidly developing.

Hmm. Dr Alan Martina of ANU. A very amazing Economic History lecturer :)

Okay. Amzar says I am blogging a lot these days. Haha. Well, I just want to share knowledge and information with everyone who reads my blogs.

"Intellectual conversations" make us better every moment, eh pals? Haha. Enough for now. Gotta run out to get some stuff.

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