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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For the other appearances of the faction in the series, see Chinese.
Civilization Tech Tree Strategy
This image depicts the maximum extent of the Shang dynasty in ancient China.
EmpiresIcon Age of Empires
Architectural StyleEast Asian
FeaturesVillagers 30% cheaper
Wall Hit Points doubled
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The Shang Dynasty is an ancient river valley civilization located in East Asia near the coast of China. They made up one of the earliest dynasties in Chinese history (1600 BC – 1046 BC) and are a playable civilization in Age of Empires. The Shang are strictly an economic civilization, but are also effective in defensive strategies and their cheap villagers make them a fast civilization. The civilization is historically based on the early Shang/Zhou dynasties in ancient China.

In Age of Empires II, Age of Empires III, and Age of Mythology, they are simply known as the Chinese instead of having their dynasties as their title in the game.

Civilization BonusesEdit

  • Villagers cost 35 instead of 50 Food (40 in 1.0a patch).
  • All walls have double hit points.


Understanding the Shang as Chinese, the Chinese are the only culture to appear in all four titles of the Age of Empires Series, including their respective expansion packs.

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