Chinese Tuesdays: Time Map of China


Something a little different on Chinese Tuesdays today, as we're expanding our remit to include history and myth as well as language. We're not usually ones to share gifs on the Anthill, but this time map of the shifting territories of China throughout its dynasties, from 1000BC to present day, is fascinating. Hat tip here to our new friends and partner site Fuck Yeah Chinese Myths!

This map should be enough to disabuse you of the notion that "China" is a fixed entity and not an empire. Ditto that Tibet and Xinjiang always have and always will be part of it, etc. – although do note that many of the boundaries are disputed by scholars, and regional influence is of course harder to pin down. Here's the map, enjoy:


Territories of Dynasties in China