Cosmopolitan is a word commonly associated with Tang(tahng) China (618–907 CE), and justifiably so. Politically through foreign diplomacy, and culturally through merchants, travelers, and missionaries, the Tang capitals at Chang’an(chahng ahn) present-day X’ian (Shannxi province); capital of the Western Han dynasty and Tang Empire., and later at Luoyang(loo-o-uh-yahng), saw to the convergence of a large diverse and multicultural population. The Silk Roadan ancient network of land and sea trade routes established during the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) that existed until the middle of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). These trade routes stretched from China across Asia to the Near East, the Mediterranean, and East Africa. trade under the Tang dynastya series of rulers from a single family. was bustling with cultural exchange that stretched all the way to Rome in the west and Japan in the east. The expansion of Chinese territory covered parts of modern-day Mongolia, Afghanistan, Korea, and Vietnam. The Tang elitea select group that is superior to the rest of a group or society in terms of abilities or qualities. class embraced foreign influences that allowed for art styles to utilize new designs and techniques, which can be seen in their music, fashion, textiles, and ceramics. Sancai(sahn-ts-eye) literally, “three colors”; a dripping effect of three colors of glazes favored in the Tang dynasty. Typically, it refers to yellow, green, and creamy white glaze. ware were found throughout Tang burial tombs and depict everyday life. The Tang dynasty was a time of prosperitythe state of being wealthy or successful. and rich worldly cultural sophistication.