Last night, we had a workshop about the history of the Chinese dynasties. Well before the United States even existed, Chinese emperors were taking over huge areas of land, building thousands of miles of the Great Wall, and developing all sorts of new and creative systems for society. It’s hard to imagine just how they accomplished so much with such little technology.
The other day, we visited the Drum Tower in Beijing. It was really neat to walk up the steep steps to the top, where we could look out over the city. We saw a performance of drummers, which is what they used to use to communicate the passing of time. I took a little video to give you a sense of what it was like:
There were also amazing exhibits to show various interesting ways that the people used to keep time. They were so creative, using things like water and incense to keep track of passing seconds.
The Chinese have really figured out a lot of interesting innovations throughout history. Today, they are still leading the way into the future. One in five people on Earth is Chinese today, and their economy is one of the fastest growing. I didn’t make this video, but we watched it the other night, and I think it shows how powerful China continues to be today. Watch it and let me know what you think. Is China still a cutting edge society for today’s time?