Daoist peasants, lead by Zhang Jue, fought for a non-corrupt government in the Yellow Turban Rebellion.
Li Yuan establishes Tang Dynasty
Wendi took advantage of the chaos and united China, establishing the Sui Dynasty.
The Silk Road
During the Sui Dynasty's golden age, Confucianism was reestablished and Buddhism flourished.
The (illegal) Export of Silkworms
Li Yuan established the powerful Tang dynasty, building on the Sui's achievements and avoiding its mistakes.
Despite the Silk Road being protected by the Great Wall, bandits still attacked caravans in the open desert for their valuable cargo.
Silk was one of the most precious trade items in China. Exporting silkworm eggs was punishable by death, but around 550, two monks hid the eggs in their bamboo staffs and revealed it to Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire.