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The Tang Dynasty followed the Sui Dynasty and preceded the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period in China. The dynasty was interrupted by the Second Zhou Dynasty (690705) when Empress Wu Zhao seized the throne. The dynasty was founded by the Li family.

The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Changan (modern-day suburb of Xi'an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization surpassing that of the Han Dynasty. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and rivaled that of the later Yuan Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Stimulated by contact with India and the Middle East, the Empire saw a flowering of creativity in many fields. Buddhism, originating in India around the time of Confucius, continued to flourish during the Tang period and was adopted by the imperial family, becoming thoroughly sinicized and a permanent part of Chinese traditional culture. However, the emperor feared the power of the Buddhist monasteries and began enforcing measures against them during the 8th century. Buddhism never returned to its former height in China. Block printing made the written word available to vastly greater audiences.

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The Tang Dynasty followed the Sui Dynasty and preceded the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period in China. The dynasty was interrupted by the Second Zhou Dynasty (690705) when Empress Wu Zhao seized the throne. The dynasty was founded by the Li family.

The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Changan (modern-day suburb of Xi'an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization surpassing that of the Han Dynasty. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and rivaled that of the later Yuan Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Stimulated by contact with India and the Middle East, the Empire saw a flowering of creativity in many fields. Buddhism, originating in India around the time of Confucius, continued to flourish during the Tang period and was adopted by the imperial family, becoming thoroughly sinicized and a permanent part of Chinese traditional culture. However, the emperor feared the power of the Buddhist monasteries and began enforcing measures against them during the 8th century. Buddhism never returned to its former height in China. Block printing made the written word available to vastly greater audiences. More...

 
    Tang Gaozu, Founder Tang Dynasty
  Tang Gaozu, Founder Tang Dynasty
Emperor Gaozu of Tang China, born Li Yuan, was the founder of the Tang Dynasty of China, and the first emperor of this dynasty from 618 to 626. Under the shortlived Sui dynasty, Li Yuan was the governor in the area of modern-day Shanxi province, and...
 
    Tang Taizong, Emperor of China
  Tang Taizong, Emperor of China
Emperor Taizong of Tang, previously Prince of Qin, personal name Li Shimin, was the second emperor of the Tang dynasty of China, ruling from 626 to 649. He is traditionally regarded as a co-founder of the dynasty for his role in encouraging Li Yuan,...
 
    Li Bai, The Poet Immortal
  Li Bai, The Poet Immortal
Li Bai or Li Po was a Chinese poet who lived during the Tang Dynasty. Called the Poet Immortal, Li Bai is often regarded, along with Du Fu, as one of the two greatest poets in China's literary history. Approximately 1,100 of his poems remain today. T...
 
    Du Fu, The Poet-Sage
  Du Fu, The Poet-Sage
Du Fu or Tu Fu was a prominent Chinese poet during the Tang Dynasty. Along with Li Po (Li Bai), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His own greatest ambition was to help his country by becoming a successful civil servant, but h...
 
    Bai Juyi, Chinese Poet
  Bai Juyi, Chinese Poet
Bai Juyi or Po Chü-i was a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. He wrote over 2,800 poems, which he had copied and distributed to ensure their survival. He is most notable for the accessibility of his work. It is said that he rewrote any part of a poem...
 
    Liu Zongyuan, Poet and Writer
  Liu Zongyuan, Poet and Writer
Liu Zongyuan was a Chinese writer and poet who lived in Chang'an in the Tang dynasty. Along with Han Yu, he was a founder of the Classical Prose Movement. He was traditionally classed as one of the Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song. His...
 
       
 
         
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