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  •  A day in the life of Ancient China isn’t like anything today. There is a very specific social structure, very important classes. At the top of the pyramid, is the emperor, with the empress and his children.
  • The officials were the Emperor’s right hand men. Officials were like nobles but they were a little bit lower on the social chain. Officials were another group that held high social status in ancient China. Boys whose families could afford to send them to school began their education so they could become officials and they had to pass a very hard test. The officials were split into ranks, with the senior officials at the top.
  • yes your highness
  • Oficial! Tell the cooks to bring me a great feast!
  • The nobles were the people who were extended family members from the emperor, so they had a lot of privileges. These people then excelled in their fields, particularly in the military, because they were extended from the emperor. Most nobles lived in extravagant homes and wore expensive clothing and jewellery.
  • new nobles house
  • I’m the new Emperor get out, this house is for the new Noble.
  • Merchant! You may no longer sell here!
  • Peasants were one of the lowest classes. They were mostly farmers and they all led simple lives. Even though they are one of the lowest classes, they were important. They had to work hard and had little time off. Majority of the women in this class worked at home. They would sew and knit so they could earn money
  • I’m selling sugar, teas, and spices if you’re interested.
  • Ok then, I’ll take some tea.
  • No, I don’t have the money. I already have a lot of money I owe to the Emperor for my husbands farm.
  • Hey, Hey, you, Yeah you! Wanna buy some silk?It’s very cheap.
  • The Shi were often compared to the Nobles, because they were considered to be Nobles. 
  • Slave, you missed a spot over there.
  • Slaves were only a small part of ancient China, they were usually relatives of criminals or they were sold as children because their families were poor. This wasn’t really a main class.
  • The Gong had craftsmen. Although they could not provide the state with much of its items since they often had no land of their own to be taxed, craftsmen were still given a higher place than merchants.
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