The Three Kingdoms Period, Western Jin Dynasty, Eastern Jin Dynasty,
Northern and southern Dynasty
From 220AD to 581AD, China was divided by different rulers in different
parts. So many wars broke out in this time. But different religions
flourished. Groups of intellectuals unwilling to serve the ruling
class gathered to write poetry, play the lute, drink wine and discuss
Taoism philosophy. They were the original hippies. There was a group
called "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Forest". They were seven
of the most famous scholars of that time. Despite their talent,
they scorned to corporate with the government. The most famous literature
produced on the rich materials of this time was Three Kingdoms written
by Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400AD). It depicted the wars, alliances
and betrayals among the three kingdoms between 220AD and 265AD.
It is considered one of the four Chinese classical literature treasures.
During this period of time the different ethnic groups were well
merged. The economic center began to move to south part of China.