When it comes to the People's Republic of China and its ancient history, most of the country's natives associate themselves with the Han dynasty. That is why the majority call themselves the Han People or Han Chinese. About 92 percent of the Chinese population belongs to the Han nationality presently, and the Han dynasty (time period between 206 BC and 220 BC) is often recognized as the greatest period of Chinese history. Under the reign of Emperor Han Wudi, the policy system, economy, culture, music, art, and other social areas improved. National territory also expanded.
However, the two internationally-recognized ancient wonders of China were initiated or completed in the Qin dynasty. Though the Great Wall of China was completed during the Han dynasty, its building was ordered during the Qin dynasty. The famous 8,000-statue army of terracotta warriors were made to protect the Qin dynasty's emperor, China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Many archaeologists believe Qin Shi Huang's 8,000-statue army of terracotta soldiers was proof the emperor was obsessed with attaining immortality. It is said he traveled to the East China Sea three times in search of it. Now, archaeologists may have proof Qin Shi Huang did indeed make trips to the East China Sea when they discovered a submerged "seaside palace" believed to be the residence of the emperor.
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The "seaside palace" was discovered off the East China Coast, specifically off the coast of Suizhng county in Liaoning province, as reported by Liaoshen Evening News via South China Morning Post. According to the archaeologists on site, the largest part of the discovery was a 60-meter wide square formed of large stones (featured image). It is believed to be the foundations of a large platform for important activities, such as religious ceremonies. Alongside it, archaeologists also discovered the remains of a stone road.
Apparently, numerous other discoveries have been made several times prior to the discovery of the "seaside palace." Local fishermen have previously found ancient treasures believed to be housed in the "seaside palace" while fishing on the seabed. Some of what they found included ancient coins and ceramics. Also, parts of stone walls are clearly visible during low tide.
Right now, very little is known about the "seaside palace" as the discovery is quite recent. Archaeologists are evaluating the situation, formulating a plan on excavation of the site. For now, they can safely study whatever part of the discovery is on dry land but eventually, they'll take steps to see what is hidden under the tide.
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