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Modern-Day Countries of the Chinese Empire under the Tang Dynasty

With the help of a map, can you guess all modern-day countries that were part of China under the Tang dynasty at its peak in 660 AD?
Includes vassal territories.
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Last updated: March 21, 2021
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Countries
Afghanistan
China
India
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Mongolia
Pakistan
Russia
South Korea
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
Well Done!
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 60
Mar 16, 2021
This should be the shape of South Korea.
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
great quiz!
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2021
Good quiz as always Dekkie.
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 55
Mar 21, 2021
I love how the dynasties of China didn't control the whole of China but has like ten other countries in them
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2022
This encompasses 95%+ of the majority-Han portions of modern China. Only missing Taiwan, parts of Manchuria, and it looks like parts of Yunnan and Guangxi.
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Level 28
Apr 5, 2024
That actually depends on how to define a ‘Chinese dynasty’
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Level 44
Jul 5, 2022
The parts of central Asia shown as being parts of the Tang empire were under very loose control at best.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2022
They were mostly frontier areas that existed as "protectorates" of the empire which had protector generals or puppet khagans appointed by the emperor (e.g. Anxi, Kunling and Menchi respectively in the region of Central Asia). The westernmost protectorate bordering the Aral Sea, Kunling, probably ended as late as 751 AD after the Battle of Talas.

Most of the regions here in modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan were about a dozen of vassal states subject to China rather than just tributaries. This was rather short-lived though and control in that region would end after about only seven years in 667 AD.

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Level 54
Sep 9, 2023
Great Quiz! What an odd looking country though, looks like Ethnic Han China (mainland) + small Mongol Empire.
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Level 55
Sep 10, 2023
Thanks! This was a very short-lived extent of China. At the time, the then newly-established Tibetan Empire ruled over Tibet and large parts of Qinghai and Sichuan. Yunnan was however still predominantly tribal and inhabited by several Austroasiatic tribes until the rise of the Nanzhao Kingdom in the 8th century AD.