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Ancient China was a time filled with many unique customs and had a most fascinating culture Some of the people lived like people in modern China but some people did not Customs have changed some but not very much The people of China lead very interesting and difficult lifestyles Most Chinese people lived in country villages Peasants going to town to sell their goods at market looked in awe at the town houses with their tiled roofs and the busy teahouses Williams B 1996 pg27 For the people who lived in the countryside their lives were ruled by family the seasons and the crops In some areas the sound of a drum called the workers together and beat out a work rhythm The drum could be heard from sunrise until dusk Millar H 1996 pg19 Poor peoples houses were made of mud and straw while rich houses were wood and tiled Kids Discover April 1997 pg7 The center of a city found was roughly rectangular An earth wall surrounded the city The houses were laid out in parallel streets Some of the important buildings like temples and palaces were on raised platforms Caselli G 1995 pg38 Towns and cities were built on a grid system and divided into sections called wards Every ward was surrounded by walls and gates that were locked each evening Usually wealthy people and government officials lived at one end of the town and poor lived at the other end Cotterell A 1994 pg40 Every member of a peasant family had to work hard on the farm especially at harvest time Many peasant farmers had to give a large share of their harvest to a wealthy landlord as well as pay tax to the emperor If crops failed the family was in danger of falling into debt and losing its land Cotterell A 1994 pg35 Peasant farmers provided the Shang with a constant food supply to support their armies Williams
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