1) The Economic Contributions of the Ming Dynasty left a lasting impression
The Ming (1368 to 1662) period is considered one of the three golden ages of China, alongside the Han and Tang Dynasties. During its reign, the Ming Dynasty economy made improvements in technology, agriculture, trade, and manufacturing. During the Ming Dynasty the Chinese economy showed early signs of capitalism. Trade, commerce, and investment flourished during the Ming period. The Ming built canals for irrigation, bridges, and roads for transportation. Because of this, trade became more accessible going as far as Japan and Europe and opened opportunities for more economic development. Overseas trade brought around 300 million silver taels into China. Trade with other countries now happens all over the world, but the Ming Dynasty no doubt had great influence on trade expansion. According to factsanddetails.com, "the Grand Canal was expanded to its farthest limits and proved to be a stimulus to domestic trade."
2) After the economy, the Ming Dynasty was known for their intellectual contribution.
The Ming Dynasty made both intellectual and technological contributions that included the repair and completion of the Great Wall and restoration of Grand Canal. This was considered one of the biggest achievements in the field of engineering. Another major contribution that had a major influence was the creation of the Yongle Encyclopedia in 1403. Created by thousands of Chinese scholars, it contained a large amount of Chinese knowledge, including astronomy, geography, medicine, religion, technology and art. Known as the Yongle Encyclopedia, it comprised of 22,937 chapters in 11,095 volumes and 917,480 pages. According to Leonardo-newtonic.com, "Yongle Encyclopedia held the record for the largest overall encyclopedia in history until it was surpassed by Wikipedia in 2007."
3) The Artistic contribution during the Ming Dynasty was next...
Even today, you still see the Ming Dynasty's famous blue and white porcelain all over the world. Contributions were also made to the arts, literature, and philosophy. China’s famous blue and white porcelain was originated in the Ming era. Ceramic, jade, and bamboo carvings led to the prosperous development of handicrafts and arts during that time. According to History.com, "Blue-and-white Ming Dynasty painted porcelain became one of the first global fads." Additionally, poetry was well respected during the Ming period. Poets wrote about topics such as nature, philosophy, relationships, sight and sound, etc. Many of them used ‘Confucian thought’ as their "guiding principle."
4) The political contribution of The Ming Dynasty is next on the list.
The Ming Dynasty's political influences affected most of China and still do today. Unlike previous dynasties, the Ming Dynasty had only one Department–the Secretariat. The Secretariat controlled the Six Ministries. They were headed by a Minister and the day to day affairs were looked after by a Director all under the direct control of the Emperor. Hard work instead of political connections was valued by the Ming Officials. This ensured that the Ming Dynasty government was efficient and that China's economy excelled under its administration. In an article on leonardo-newtonic.com, "Along with Han and Song periods, the Ming era is regarded as one of China’s three golden ages. The economy of the Ming dynasty of China was the largest in the world."
5) Religion was next in the order of contributions.
The Ming Dynasty did not leave much of a lasting impact on religion. They had several religious associations, but the dominant religious beliefs during that time were Taoism and Buddhism. Some Chinese people spent their whole life based on Buddha’s teachings. In fact, Buddhism has played a major role in shaping the way Chinese people think. Christianity was also spreading in China during the Ming Dynasty arriving with Jesuit missionaries. An Italian Jesuit named Matteo Ricci was able to convince Chinese members of the upper class to join him and live the Christian life.
6) Finally, the Ming Dynasty's social contribution had the least impact.