Over the centuries, Chinese civilization has produced many important inventions and innovations, including paper, printing, porcelain, the magnetic compass, and gunpowder. Similarly, China has produced a host of exceptional and accomplished individuals in all fields of human endeavor.
Famous People of China profiles a handful of remarkable figures from China's long history. Among the intriguing people included in this volume are Confucius, China's most influential philosopher; the emperor Qin Shihuang, who unified China and built the Great Wall, the beloved poet Su Dongpo; and Zheng He, whose epic seagoing expeditions predated the famous Spanish and Portuguese voyages of exploration by more than half a century.
Table of Contents
1 Overview 13
2 The Great Sage 19
3 The First Emperor of China 33
4 China's Only Female Emperor 45
5 A Beloved Poet 55
6 Admiral of the "Treasure Fleets" 67
7 China's Greatest Pharmacologist 79
8 Founder of the People's Republic of China 91
Further Reading 112
Internet Resources 113