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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
Shang-Dynasty-map
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
ContinentAsia
PersonalityDefensive
MapsLand
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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 Bonuses Edit

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

AI Player Names Edit

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game, names shown in bold are used in both the original game and its expansions.

  • Wang Hei - Unknown, possibly Hui Wang, King of Zhou 676-654 BC, although 'wang' means something like 'king'
  • T'ang - First King of the Shang-dynasty 1675-1646 BC
  • Wang Hei II - Did not exist in China
  • T'ang II - Did not exist in China
  • Wang Hei III - Did not exist in China
  • T'ang III - Did not exist in China
  • Wang Hei IV - Did not exist in China
  • Hsuan - Xuan. King of Zhou 841-781 BC. Later 4 emperors were named Xuan (Han, Chen, Northern Zhou and Liang-dynasty)
  • Zhou Xin - Probably King Xi of Zhou, reigned 681-677 BC
  • Jie - Last king of the Xia-dynasty 1728-1675 BC
  • Huang Di - Legendary Emperor 2699-2588 BC, also considered a deity. Also known as the Yellow Emperor
  • Shen Nong - Legendary Emperor 2737-2699 BC, also considered a deity
  • Fu Xi - Legendary Emperor 2852-2737 BC, also considered a deity
  • Yoa - May be misspelled 'Yao', a legendary Emperor 2333-2234 BC, also considered a deity

Trivia Edit

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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