At the time of the Han Dynasty some 2,000 years ago scholars defined China as a nation of virtue and social etiquette. At the core of this virtue and etiquette was a system of belief known as li and yue. Now li and yue are pretty hard to define, but roughly speaking they comprise a set of norms and protocols by which people can live harmoniously in society. In fact after 5,000 years they are still widely observed today. Journey with us as we uncover thousand year old bronze objects and explore the key elements of li and yue.
Chinese Civilizations sets out to illustrate the evolution of Chinese Civilization through an investigation of archeological discoveries, historical sites and cultural relics. In the course of this investigation, it will reflect the enduring desire for self-improvement and social commitment that are a feature of the Chinese nation.