By Marcie Flinchum Atkins
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2 Each bell was marked with its musical note. But they had no clappers on the inside as Western bells had. Instead, the bells were struck on the outside with a mallet. In addition to the bells, stone chimes, bronze drums, string instruments, and bamboo flutes dating from the Zhou dynasty have been excavated. People during the Han dynasty believed music had great moral power and affected people of all levels. They thought that for all to live in harmony, music should be a part of life. Drums were important instruments in ancient Chinese music.
3 People with cash The Grand Canal China had two big rivers, the Huang and the Yangtze, which served as major waterways for transportation. Connecting these rivers to each other allowed the Chinese to link different parts of the empire. In the north, farmers grew wheat, and in the south, they grew rice. Canals provided a way to exchange goods between the two regions. The canals also increased the military power of the government because the military could more easily transport troops and supplies along the waterways.
In addition to silk, shells served as ancient Chinese currency. Coins were introduced just before the Warring States period. The first coins were made of bronze; later, coins came in iron. This type of currency was used until the early 1900s CE. Paper banknotes first appeared in the 800s CE. 3 People with cash The Grand Canal China had two big rivers, the Huang and the Yangtze, which served as major waterways for transportation. Connecting these rivers to each other allowed the Chinese to link different parts of the empire.
Ancient China by Marcie Flinchum Atkins