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Chinese inventions---->

Post by Linlu » 08 Nov 2003 00:15

Hi all,
I have just become interested in ancient Chinese inventions
Does anyone know any sites or good books (english) that detail these inventions etc. Thanks

The four great inventions of the Chinese-- gun powder, paper, printing and compass is well known,

what about the wheelbarrow?Indian ink?ceramics, kites, seismoscope,abacus? and many others...
those things i cant really find too much info about. Is there any "legends" associated with those inventions.

Thanks very much

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Post by Lawrence Tandy » 08 Nov 2003 00:24

Found many quickly using google.
Here's a quick one.

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Post by Grand Admiral » 08 Nov 2003 23:35

I thought the Japanese invented kites... :| Then again, what do I know?

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Post by Windward » 10 Nov 2003 14:14

Grand Admiral wrote:I thought the Japanese invented kites... :| Then again, what do I know?
Japanese invented folding fan and Yamato-e.

Chinese also invented paper money, chopsticks, acupuncture, shadowboxing.

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Post by GFM2000 » 10 Nov 2003 15:03

I actually picked up a book at a secondhand bookstore. It's called "Feats and Wisdom of the Ancients", by Time Life books. It is certainly a very interesting read, and did discuss some early Chinese inventions, including the horse harness and the wheel barrel.

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Post by Lobscouse » 11 Nov 2003 05:35

Lawrence's link informs us that "They made most toys, machines, houses and other things from bamboo."

They are still making almost everythiong for us, and not just out of bamboo this time. :lol:

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Post by Panther » 11 Nov 2003 13:28

:lol: Good point...

/Regards Panther

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Re: Chinese inventions---->

Post by Cantankerous » 28 Sep 2023 17:05

The Chinese also get the credit for inventing tea because according to legend, in 2737 BCE, Chinese emperor and herbalist Shennong was boiling water when a dead leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the water, causing it to turn brown. Although Shennong didn't see this happening, he came to recognize the benefits of tea as part of Chinese medicine.

Link: ... ery-of-tea

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Re: Chinese inventions---->

Post by Terry Duncan » 02 Oct 2023 08:35

Thread Necromancy from 2003 brought to people by Cantankerous. Please start acting your age before you find yourself taking an extended holiday.


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