The Chinese civilization is one of impressive constructions, gunpowder strength, and a dynasty system that provides unique benefits and varied strategies to overcome the opponent.
The Chinese civilization in Age of Empires IV is a thriving, unique civilization that grows through their dynasty system over the years 907-1644 CE. They are powerful defenders behind formidable fortifications.
The engineering prowess of the Chinese dominated the world for centuries, a trait present in Age of Empires IV. You live through history as Chinese culture, strength, and innovations created ripples across Eurasia, growing your empire as you move through vibrant Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties. Your units speak Mandarin Chinese, a Sinitic language originating in North China.
At the dawn of their civilization, the Chinese have a head start with additional Villagers. This lays the foundation for a robust economy, fueling the needs of a great, expansive civilization.
City planning is an important growth strategy. A special trait of the Chinese civilization is their dynasty system, which offers several advantages when triggered, like unit bonuses and access to unique buildings. This gives several routes in strategy and ways to leverage all that the Chinese civilization has to offer.
The military prowess of the Chinese lies in their mighty gunpowder units. They have access to multiple unique gunpower units, making them a fierce civilization to go up against in battle.
The Town Center Landmark shoots with a handcannon. Garrison units in this Town Center however doesn't add more handcannons.
Villagers construct defenses 50% faster and all other buildings 100% faster.
Economy Buildings generate taxes each time a resource is dropped off (e.g: it generates 1 Gold no matter if the Villager drops 1 Wood or 10 Wood in a Lumber Camp).
Military Buildings generate taxes each time a unit or a research is produced (it generates 4 Gold by unit produced, and 32 Gold by Technology researched).
Imperial Official can collect a maximum of 20 taxes on a building (40 when Imperial Examinations is researched). Once taxes have been collected on a building , Imperial Officials can't collect again taxes on this building before 30 seconds.
Chinese Farms harvest rice, instead of wheat like other civilizations.
Year 907 CE is not the start of Tang dynasty, but the end of it. After 907 CE, The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period begins, which is full of wars and conflicts and have been generally considered one of the dark ages in Chinese history.
Ironically, while the Chinese starting dynasty in the Dark Age is the Tang dynasty, the Tang dynasty was considered to be the golden age of Chinese history because China was considered to be economic and cultural cosmopolitan of Asia and saw their empire expanded into central Asia during the Tang dynasty. The vision bonus for the Scouts, however, reflects on Tang dynasty's expansion of their empire.