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Chinese Social Structures


The Social Hierarchy of China was based on respect not wealth.




1.     Nobility – had the highest rank, friends of those created loyalty, control over regions and people, aristocracy (born into position), smallest group.

2.     Peasants – larges group; farmed the land for the nobility, responsible for producing enough food for everyone to eat, highly respected.

3.     Artisans – people who make tools, utensils, and art important for their skills in making goods, not as valuable as peasants.

4.     Merchants – people who traded goods; lowest rank because they didn’t make anything made money be selling goods that others made.