The Grandeur of the Qing | Asia for Educators

II. Lesson Plans

Exploring Trade and the World Economy:
A City Street and Shops in 18th Century China

Sean McManamom, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, New York


In 1644, the Manchu invaders established the Qing Dynasty in China, replacing the ethnic Chinese Ming Dynasty. Working with the Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls of two famous Qing emperors, students will become familiar with the state power, economy, and geography of China under the Qing.

Guiding Questions

  1. What can we learn about the power and wealth of the Qing Dynasty China by viewing the scrolls of the Southern Inspection Tours of the Chinese emperors?
  2. How developed was the Chinese economy and how integrated was it with the world economy of the time?

Preparing to teach these lessons

These lessons should be done in a room with at least one computer, but would be best in a computer lab so all of the students would be able to view the website.

The resource for the lessons is the Web module: Recording the Grandeur of the Qing: The Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls of the Kangxi and Qianlong Emperors