Maybe we didn’t realize that China has a long and illustrious history. It is possible that many things in our world we’re invented on and by China. Whilst they are famed for the earliest development of technologies like paper and gunpowder, Yes! Paper that you wrote on & Gunpowder were invented and made in China. Still there are other Chinese inventions that have changed the world. Let see!
Paper is possibly one of the most important China’s inventions of all time. Records show that paper existed in China as early as 105 AD. it was widely adopted when eunuch, Cai Lun, made significant improvements to the papermaking process. He also drove its widespread adoption throughout China. The technology would later spread to Europe via the famous Silk Road. Its development would have enormous improvement and impact for the recording and spread of information.
The modern war will never be the same without China’s invention. One of the crucial Chinese invention was the development of gunpowder. Interestingly, it was discovered completely by mistake in, or around, 1000 AD.
Chinese inventors were attempting to develop an elixir for eternal life. The result, as it turned out, would be a substance that would prematurely end countless lives throughout history.
Like other Chinese inventions, it was eventually introduced to Europe sometime later. It is widely believed this occurred with the Mongol invasion of 1200-1300 AD.
The crossbow is symbolic of battlefields of the middle ages. But they were actually a Chinese invention from almost 2.5 millennia ago.
According to historical records, the crossbow was in widespread use in China by 500 BC. Other records seem to indicate the technology could actually date to around 700 BC.
4) Sericulture (Silk Production)
The production of silk, called sericulture, was a very early Chinese invention. Evidence points to the fact that the Chinese were harvesting silk as early as 6,000 years ago.
Silk cocoons have been found cut in half that date to between 4,000 and 3,000 BC. Yet other finds from ancient tombs show silk production may even stretch back as far as 8,500 BC.
Whenever it was first developed, the Chinese would master the technique very early on and kept the secrets of weaving silk a closely guarded secret for many centuries.
The invention of Tea as the edible drink can be traced back to China. According to ancient Chinese legend, tea was first discovered by Shennong in 2,737 BC.
Tea would become incredibly popular during the Tang Dynasty between 618 and 907 AD. It was enjoyed by all members of society.
The tea plant is actually indigenous to the Chinese region of Yunnan. The world’s oldest living tea plant can be found in the Lin Cang in China. This plant is truly ancient and has been dated to be around 3,200 years old.
The very first compasses ever discovered date to the Han dynasty of China, around 206 BC–220 AD. These early compasses were made from lodestone which is a naturally magnetized iron ore.
These devices were later used for navigation during the 11th Century Song Dynasty. Lodestone was replaced with iron needles that were magnetized by striking with some lodestone.
Porcelain, or vitrified, translucent ceramics, first appeared in China during the Tang Dynasty. Early examples date to around the start of this period of Chinese history in the 7th Century.
Whilst glazed ceramics had existed before this time; the technique reached maturity during this period. During the later Song Dynasty (960 to 1279 AD) the technique of creating porcelain reached its peak.
There you have it.. China has really big impact on our modern world and still continues has impact and changing the world up until today.
Contributor: Benaya Stephen
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