23 ANCIENT CHINESE INVENTIONS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
We all are aware of how people of China keep bringing something new and exciting in the market, most of which increase the convenience in our lives. These Chinese contributions to the world portray their open-mindedness of inventing something new and their ability to notice things already existing on the earth waiting to be discovered. What we are yet to know, is about the ancient Chinese inventions and discoveries that help modernize the world to a great extent.
The people of China have always thought out of the box, which has led to some greatest inventions of all time. Who could have ever thought of inventing paper in the West or that, after its invention, it could constantly fly in the air. Yes, these were some inventions that Chinese brains provoked. Let us have a look at some of the greatest ones of all times that are overwhelming.
1. THE GUNPOWDER HAS THE ABILITY TO BLOW THINGS UP
The innovation of gunpowder took place in 1000 A.D. by Chinese Taoists alchemists, which was later introduced to the West during the Mongol invasion around 1200-1300 A.D.
2. SEISMOGRAPH – AN EQUIPMENT TO DETECT EARTHQUAKES
The first earthquake detector was invented by Zhang Heng of Han Dynasty in 132 A.D. and was named as Houfeng Didong. The detector comprised of eight dragons pointing in all the eight directions – east, west, north, south, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.
3. PAPER – THE GREATEST CHINESE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD
Derived from Papyrus, the paper was invented during the supremacy of Han emperor Ho-DI in 105 A.D. Soon, it became the universal mode of writing and was transported via Silk Route.
4. SPARKLING FIREWORKS
Chinese started using gunpowder to make fireworks. They were discovered when a cook mixed saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur to experience an explosion 2000 years ago.
5. TYPE PRINTING THAT COULD MOVE
The costly and time-consuming woodblock printing was replaced by movable type printing. A brilliant inventor, Bi Sheng, hardened the carved characters on pieces of clay with fire, and glued them on iron plates.
6. WOOD THAT COULD CONSTANTLY FLY – KITE
3000 years ago, the Chinese used wooden kites to check wind’s direction, send messages, measure distances and signal. The activity later turned into plaything.
7. THANK THE CHINESE FOR TOOTHBRUSHES
One of the most useful ancient Chinese inventions is that of a toothbrush that took place in 1498. It then meant the attachment of horsehairs to bamboo sticks.
8. IT’S TEA TIME!
In 2737 BCE, Chinese Emperor Shennong’s cup of boiling water obtained brown leaves in it. The drink was later felt to be refreshing. This discovery is now referred to as tea.
9. THE SOFT, LUSTROUS SILK
6000 years ago, a silk cocoon was found cut in half at Yangshao cultural site. People gradually mastered the art of weaving silk after its discovery.
10. WHAT WAS IT? A ROCKET?
Ignited gunpowder with the combination of counter-force led to the invention of rockets in 228 A.D. They were first made use of by Song Dynasty.
11. PRODUCTIVE ROW CROP FARMING
Individual seeds were planted in rows to avoid seed loss. This technique was invented by farmers in 6th century BC for the crops to grow younger and faster.
12. THE EFFICIENT SEED DRILL
In 2nd century BC, the seed drill was invented to sow seeds at the same depth and then cover them back with soil. This increased the productivity and agricultural production of the country.
13. THE BRONZE AGE
The Bronze Age was brought into the life of Chinese by Zhou Dynasty and the Shang Dynasty in 1700 B.C. It was used to make ritual vessels, tools, and weapons.
In the beginning of 9th century, folding money was used as exchange certificates for metal coins by the Chinese.
15. THE BEAUTIFUL PORCELAIN
From being invented during the reign of Shang Dynasty to being exported at the time of Ming Dynasty, porcelains were first made-up around 600 A.D.
16. NOT SURE IN WHICH DIRECTION ARE YOU HEADED TO? USE A COMPASS!
Lodestone, a naturally magnetized iron ore, was used to build compasses in China, which first appeared around 206 BC – 220 BC during the reign of Han dynasty.
17. IRON AGE – THE PROCESS OF SMELTING
Iron Age was a result of iron smelting that began during the Zhou dynasty. The metal was then used to produce household products, farming tools and weapons.
18. THE CALMING PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE
It is archaeologically evident that acupuncture was practiced during the Paleolithic period in Ancient China. The different instruments of healing were crafted from various materials like bamboo, stone knives, and bone needles.
19. THE LIFE-SAVING UMBRELLAS
The legendary carpenter, Lu Ban, was inspired by the children using lotus leaves as shelter from the rain. As a result, he invented a flexible framework covered with a cloth, named as the umbrella.
20. TIK-TOK – MECHANICAL CLOCK
Water- driven Spherical Birds, the world’s first mechanical clock, was invented by a Buddhist monk named Yi Xing in 725 A.D.
21. DIFFICULTY EATING FOOD? WE GOT FORKS!
Forks made from bronze have been found in various archaeological sites in China, which proves that forks were invented here.
22. THE GREAT INVENTION OF ABACUS
Known as Suanpan, abacus in China was used in 2nd century BC. It was invented by Shao Yong during the rule of the Song Dynasty.
23.HIT WITH CROSSBOW
With the aim of calming down the states at the end of the Zhou Dynasty, the crossbow was invented by Mr. Ch’in around 700 BC.
The Chinese contributions to the world through ancient Chinese inventions are of great significance. The kind of things one could not even imagine of have been discovered and developed by the people. We must thank the country for making our lives easier and better through their innovative minds. Whatever the world does, China will always be a step ahead.