This story tells us quite a lot about daily life in Han
times, in both the city and in the country. We found 13
things about life in Han times. How about you? For the things we found, click
here. I bet we missed some!
Once upon a time, a simple
man named Wang lived in a village in long ago early Han times. Only a narrow,
rough path led to this village, so merchants, officials, and travelers
rarely visited. To sell his charcoal, Wang knew he must become the
traveler, and make the journey to the city.
Wang shouldered his long
carrying pole. At each end, swung wide bamboo baskets stacked high with
"What present would you like me to
bring you," he asked his pretty young wife.
"A comb!" she cried.
"A beautiful comb like those of the imperial court!" The combs
they used in the country at that time were made of wood. "A comb
like that!" she cried, pointing to the crescent of the golden moon.
After a long trip, Wang
arrived safely at the city gates. He sold his charcoal for a good price.
Made bold by the string of cash he now carried, he looked
around the city for his wife's present. The city was so very pretty,
with banners of red and yellow and green and blue hung from shop fronts
and balconies. It was very noisy with the racket of shop men and
Wang rubbed his chin. What
was it his wife had wanted? He had forgotten! Perhaps a pair of leather
slippers? Or a warm fur coat? It was getting dark. The shops would soon
be closed. Early in the morning, he had to return to the village.
Suddenly, he noticed the moon. It was round, so very round. She wanted
something round, he thought. He looked in shop after shop for
something to make his young wife happy.
Suddenly, he spotted the
perfect gift. He wrapped his purchase in a piece of cotton cloth and
hurried off, with only one bow to the shopkeeper. Wang had bought a mirror.
He did not even know what a mirror was. He only knew that it was round.
here for the things we found
Presentations in PowerPoint format
Ancient China Clipart
to Ancient China for Kids