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10 Amazing Ancient Chinese Inventions
10: Compass. Appearing around the 4th century BC, they were used in determining directions for feng shui. They were built using lodestone, a natural magnet.
9: Ship’s rudder. In China from around the 1st century BC, but not seen in the west until 1180 AD. They had fairly advanced designs including the ability to lift out the water.
8: Toilet paper. Used from the 6th century by the elite, 1300 years before the rest of the world. By the 14th century 10 million packages were made every year in the Zhejiang province alone.
7: Movable type printing. Not only was paper invented by the Chinese, but they revolutionized printing. Bi Sheng discovered reusable prints, changing the ways in which books could be produced.
6: Gunpowder. Texts referring to gunpowder date back to 800 AD; it saw use in fireworks & signal flares. It was refined during the wars with the Mongols, creating the first grenades & cannon.
5: Alcoholic drinks. 9000-year-old pottery from China shows evidence of alcohol. By the 13th century it was on of their treasury’s largest sources of income.
4: Iron and steel smelting. Iron smelting was developed in the early 5th century BC, with steel appearing around 380 AD. The state monopolized it early on creating a smelting bloom (furnace).
3: Seismograph. Created in the early 2nd century to detect earthquakes. A pendulum inside the device would trigger a mechanism to point out the direction of the earthquake’s epicenter.
2: Paper currency. First used around 600-900 AD more than 500 years before Europe. Mostly in the form of private bills of credit, they were abolished in 1455 for several hundred years.
1: Kites and hang gliders. First made around 400 BC in the shape of an eagle, designs were improved for centuries. Around 500 AD hang gliders started being used, often with an enemy strapped to one being thrown off a cliff.
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All Time 10s – 10 Amazing Ancient Chinese Inventions. Toilet paper. Used from the 6th century by the elite, 1300 years before the rest of the world. By the 14th century 10 million packages were made every year in the Zhejiang province alone. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.