Acantilado Rojo, Batalla del Acantilado Rojo, Red Cliff, Tres Reinos, Three Kingdoms

The Battle of Red Cliffs

The Battle of Red Cliffs (Chìbì zhī zhàn 赤壁之戰) was one of the most important episodes of war in Chinese history. This battle, of epic dimensions, would mark the end of the Hàn 漢 dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and the beginning of the Three Kingdoms Period (Sānguó Shídài 三國時代; 220-280).

Guerras del Opio, Opium Wars

The Opium Wars

At the end of the eighteenth century, the China of the Qīng 清 dynasty was one of the most advanced and powerful nations on the planet. But this would change radically in the following decades, almost overnight. The decline of the Qīng began dramatically in the Opium Wars (Yāpiàn Zhànzhēng 鴉片戰爭) and precipitated even faster in the following decades.

diancha, historia del té, history of tea, tea in Song dynasty, el té en la dinastía Song,

History of Tea and its Culture (III): Sòng Dynasty

During the Sòng 宋, tea preparation reached its highest degree of sophistication, requiring an arduous and laborious process that was only possible among the upper classes, who often had several servants dedicated to this task. To this was added the fever for dòuchá 鬥茶, “tea duels”, in which people competed to demonstrate the skill in the preparation of this drink.