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  • c. 1600 BCE - 1000 BCE
    Early Chinese ghost stories written in China.
  • 626 CE - 649 CE
    Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
  • 701 CE - 761 CE
    Life of Wang Wei, great Chinese poet and painter.
  • 701 CE - 762 CE
    Life of Li Po, greatest poet of the Tang Dynasty.
  • 712 CE - 770 CE
    Life of the poet Du Fu, great poet of Tang Dynasty.
  • 768 CE - 824 CE
    Life of Han Yu, "the Shakespeare of China".
  • 772 CE - 846 CE
    Life of Bai Juyi, greatest poet of later Tang Dynasty, author of "Song of Everlasting Sorrow".
  • 806 CE
    Tragic love affair of Xuanzong and Lady Yang immortalized in Chinese poem "Song of Everlasting Sorrow" by Bai Juyi.

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1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Early Chinese ghost stories written in China.
 
626 CE - 649 CE: Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
 
701 CE - 761 CE: Life of Wang Wei, great Chinese poet and painter.
 
701 CE - 762 CE: Life of Li Po, greatest poet of the Tang Dynasty.
 
712 CE - 770 CE: Life of the poet Du Fu, great poet of Tang Dynasty.
 
768 CE - 824 CE: Life of Han Yu, "the Shakespeare of China".
 
772 CE - 846 CE: Life of Bai Juyi, greatest poet of later Tang Dynasty, author of "Song of Everlasting Sorrow".
 
 
806 CE: Tragic love affair of Xuanzong and Lady Yang immortalized in Chinese poem "Song of Everlasting Sorrow" by Bai Juyi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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