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Ming Dynasty 明朝

Here is a collection of articles related to the history of the Ming dynasty.
The Ming dynasty ruled China from 1368 to 1644 and was overthrown by peasant revolt led by Li Zi Cheng. The Ming dynasty was the last ethnic Chinese dynasty in the history of China.

After its overthrow by Li Zi Cheng, the Manchus invaded and founded the Qing dynasty in the same year (1644).

emperor chong zhenMing dynasty remembered, 思明
Although the Ming dynasty was overthrown in 1644, the dynasty continued to be remembered in many ways that continued to this day; Green Lion dance, nine emperor god worship, opera.

emperor yong leMing Emperor Overseas?
In 1402, the Prince of Yan rebelled and became Emperor Yong Le. 3 years later, Admiral Cheng Ho was sent on his famous maritime voyages. Rumours says it was to capture the deposed Emperor Jian Wen.

green lionGreen Lion 青狮
A cultural art form that was developed to symbolise resistance against the Qing government and as a means to train resistance fighters.

long weiSaint Long Wei, 龙尾圣王
He Ye Yun, an anti-Mongol leader who lived in Teochew after being defeated by the Ming Emperor Hong Wu. He served the Teochews and after his passing, he was remembered by Teowchews as Saint Long Wei.

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Patriotic princessThe Patriotic Princess
Princess Chang Ping 帝女花

The story of last Ming princess who used sucide as political resistance and an attempt to help restore her fallen dynasty.

hong wuList of Ming emperors
A reference list of personal names, temple names, reign titles and reign dates of Ming emperors.

tainan grand matsu templeTainan Grand Matsu Temple
The former palace of Ming King turned into a temple to Mazu. Now an important temple and a rare site of Southern Ming history.

zhu shu guiZhu Shu Gui, Prince of Southern Ming
The tragic story of a Prince who choose death rather than to surrender to the Qing invaders.

 

 

mooncakeMoon cake and Mongols
A popular Mid Autumn legend claims that moon cakes were instrumental in the overthrow of the Mongol dynasty in China. Chinatownology locates this myth against the historical backdrop of the Mongol dynasty.

temple of heavenTemple of Heaven, 天坛
Built by Emperor Yong Le after he shifted the Ming capital from Nanjing to Beijing.


forbidden cityForbidden City, 紫禁城
Built by Emperor Yong Le as the seat of his government and center of his empire. The Forbidden City is now the largest and best preserved Imprial Palace in China.

creation of the godsCreation of the Gods
Written in the Ming dynasty and set in the end of the Shang dynasty, this novel is a "super hero" story of human and gods overthrowing the corrupted Shang king.

overseas chinese in vietnamOverseas Chinese in Vietnam
The history of overseas Chinese in Vietnam and their lives in Vietnam throughout the ages. Their early ancestors left China as an act of political resistance against the Manchu invaders.

five consubines templeFive Concubines temple
Tomb and temple complex built in honour of the five concubines of the last Ming Prince in Taiwan. The ladies chose to end their lives rather than to surrender to the Qing court.

manila chinatownManila Chinatown established
One of the earliest Chinatowns established, unfortunately, as a result of Spanish colonial authority's unfriendly attitude towards Chinese traders.

 

 

 

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