1) The Ming monetary and weight system
1 liang or 1 tael = 10 jian
1 jian = 10 fen
1 fen = 10 li. (Li is the smallest denomination)
2) There was an eunuch during the Ming dynasty called Guo Jing. This eunuch is the grand defender of Datong, and was involved in the diplomacy-envoy trips to Central Asia including Samarkand and Heart in 1420. He is also often involved with the Mongolian from his post in Datong. Guo Jing is noted for an episode when he wounded the prode of the Oirat tribe, leading to a raid by them and a subsequent engagement by the Ming army which ended up as a disastrous defeat for the Ming, losing 100,000 soldiers.
3) The ice bed in the Ancient Tomb that YG slept in during ROCH and the ice room in Xi Xia in DGSD may be based on the Shin Hu’s imperial palace where the summer pavilion was air-conditioned with ventilating shafts connected to underground pts where ice was stored.
4) The wet nurse in the Ming dynasty who was depicted in the Legend of the White Hair Maiden, was not the first wet nurse who rose to such prominence. In the Toba-Wei Dynasty (A.D. 424 to 451), there was one emperor who bestowed upon his wet nurse an imperial title equal to the rank of a dowager empress. This wet nurse even teamed up with palace eunuchs to force the heir-apparent’s biological mother to commit suicide lest she outranks her.
5) Even during the reign of Tang Tsai Tung, Shaolin had a big gathering of martial experts. Some 2,500 kung-fu experts dwelt under the palatial roofs of the immense Shaolin monastery not far from Loyang. The awesome Shaolin “Pagoda Forest” nearby, shere some 250 tall, ornate obelisks still stand abve the graves of the martial monks, was started during this period.
6) The binding of women’s feet first came into fashion during the Five Dynasty ear, following the end of Tang and before the start of Sung. Entranced by the sight of a concubine dancing atop a six-foot, lotus-carved golden pedestal, a poet–ruler of Nanking sighed “With every step, a lotus grows”. Soon these golden lotuses became a fashion and then a symbol of feminine chastity.
7) The name “Cathay”, used to describe China in medieval China was based on “Kitai” who in turn is the name of the Khitans.
8) “Man’s highest joy is conquest, defeat your enemies, pursue them, seize their possessions, ride their horses, and rape their wives and daughter.” – Genghis Khan.
9) Genghis Khan was stopped from burning and destroying the whole Tangutan populace by a Khitan scholar who convinced the khan that “although one can conquer by horseback, one cannot rule from horseback.” - ?ancestors of Ye Lu Chi.
10) The conquest of Kaifeng which was under the Jurchens, was completed under the command of Ogotai Khan, long after the death of Genghis Khan. – unlike the story portrayed in LOCH.