Step into the amazing world of the Chinese Empire and uncover the secrets of the world's oldest continuous civilisation. Explore Chinese culture and beliefs, from their ancient origins through to the abdication of the last emperor. Discover fascinating facts about the Chinese people and find out why tombs were filled with pottery figures, who the terracotta warriors were, what the importance of jade was and how silk was made. A variety of practical projects bring the past alive, fly your own dragon kite; make a model of Han house; make an abacus; create and use ancient printing blocks; build a pagoda; cook red bean soup, and explore many other easy-to-do practical ideas that will vividly bring history into the present. The projects are shown in specially commissioned step-by-step photography and will make learning stimulating, exciting and fun, either at home or in the classroom. Children will learn about ancient Chinese weapons, warfare, inventions, fashion, food, politics, religion, art, sports and much much more. Stirring fact-packed text, over 200 beautiful colour photographs and 100 illustrations make this accessible and enjoyable history an ideal accompaniement to school work, or a perfect additional learning tool at home.