Category: China

Fireworks

The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China where they were first used to frighten away evil spirits with their loud sound and to pray for happiness and prosperity. They mixed together saltpeter (potassium nitrate), charcoal, sulfur and other ingredients, which brought about an early form of gunpowder. They began stuffing the […]

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Terra-Cotta Rock and Rolla’: Qin Shi Huang

(To the tune of Billy Joel’s classic rock and roll hit: “Christie Lee”:youtube.com/watch?v=ru-gkHHwDb4) Let me tell you a story, About a man who was king! He lorded ancient China, In the dynasty that was Qin! The man was born in two-six zero In the time of BCE. And he conquered all the nations! So they […]

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