was Chinaís first emperor. He thought he and his dynasty would last
forever. Actually, his empire only lasted fifteen years. Even though his
rein was small, it had a great influence on China.
To make his empire
strong he set up lavish palaces, signs praising his achievements, and new
buildings. He believed people could live forever. Shihaungdi sent children
into the sea so they could find the ìmagic plant of long lifeî.
He never succeeded in finding it. All the children drowned.
only lived for forty nine years. He died while traveling in China. However,
Shihuangdi left a lasting legacy. His tomb was a magnificent mirror image
of ancient China. To find more about the contents of his tomb, go to the
Shihuangdi Contributions Chart.
Wall of China
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China under under one imperial rule