Ages 8 to 14 years. Ancient China gave the world paper, a counting machine called an abacus, Kung Fu, and many other interesting inventions. Chinese society is one of the oldest on earth. Children will delight in learning about the Emperor's Forbidden City, the feuding dynasties, and Ancient Chinese thinker Confucius. Topics include: The Yellow River, Taklamankan Desert, and Mount Everest; The construction of the Great Wall; How the ancient Chinese farmed and made food; What a Chinese "dynasty" was; Ancient Chinese games and pastimes.