Ancient Chinese Contributions














Ancient Chinese Contributions

China is one of the most popular countries in the world which also has the largest population in the world.The country is linked to the most ancient and glorious histories that are drawn from 222 BC to the Modern Era (Donn & Donn, 2004). This is a period that covers more than 4000 years of different regimes. China is strongly associated with powerful inventions. Amongst these include the spaghetti, which is a thread-like type of food, and invention of the gunpowder. However, in as much as China makes everything, that is tangible in the world, including test tubes babies, it has also been linked with production of low quality goods. For instance, China phones come in different qualities and are known to be cheap and fake. Nevertheless, this may be a fallacy and people need to read more about Chinese inventions from the history books so as to appreciate their creativity.

10 Chinese Inventions

The gunpowder is a product that was invented by China, and they used it to fight their enemies, the Mongols. This product was made out of potassium nitrate (Donn & Donn, 2004). The powder was not just used for fireworks, but also in other different devices, such as flying fire and making of burning tube arrow weapons. The flying arrow propelled themselves forward and this created fear in both men and horses, causing them to flee away. The enemies considered these flying arrows as magic inventions.The  hang gliders was the second invention and while the rest of the world used kites that had previously been discovered, China used some kite models that had been modified from the already existing kites through untethering methods. These are today known as hang gliders and they were used for fun, as well as providing joy for rulers. These rulers would force criminals and enemies that were tied up in the gliders to jump from cliffs.

The third invention is the kites which the Chinese came up with to mimic the bird like artistic features.  The kite is said to be the most famous inventions of the country and people used them for fun because when thrown in the air, the wind would blow them and they appeared like doves. They were later modified and used for fishing. Another invention is the creation of alcohol (Deng & Wang, 2005). The Chineseused fermentation and distillation methods to make ethanol which they later used in making alcohol and other alcoholic spirits. They further designed an earthquake detector, that could detect when, where, and the probability of the occurrence of shaking grounds which would cause children to climb atop of desks, table, and chairs in fear. The children did this out of fear and in avoidance of coming into direct contact with the shaking ground, forgetting that the tables, chairs, and desks are on the same ground too. Today, this detector is called a seismograph.

Jugo Liang, is a Chinese who will always be remembered for inventing the wheelbarrow whichwas initially a cart with only one wheel and was used to carry heavy loads. His cart invention did not have handles, this was later refined and handles were added to it to become today’s wheelbarrow (Shaw & Grall, 2003). The seventh Chinese invention was the pasta, which is commonly known as spaghetti in today's world. This may be the oldest discovery in the world, which is comprised of a combination of two grains. Though it is still unclear who in China invented paper, it has really helped to convert thoughts into writing, and is a medium that helps to preserve many things.

The invention of paper later led to invention of toilet paper and, even though at that time, it was a bit rough, a lot of refinement was done and it became soft to suit human use. This invention helped people to stop cleaning themselves with water, and use toilet paper instead (Donn & Donn, 2004). In addition, paper invention also led to another invention that is very important, printing. This resulted in production of books, by merging several papers with writings. The tenth invention was the development of the compass which is important in giving geographical direction. This is a safety-oriented invention because it helps us to get back to where we move from, be it at homes, hikes, schools.

Four of the Ten Inventions that are the most Ingenious or Innovative

Among the list of the inventions that have been attributed to China's creativity, the most important and innovative inventions include the printing, paper, compass, and gun power inventions. The gun power invention has been used worldwide by various countries in the world to fight their enemies who threaten security in their territories. Paper making and printing have also made commendable contributions to the culture of humankind because they have been used to preserve important information about humankind (Shaw & Grall, 2003). This has helped to preserve the culture and future generations have some materials which address their respective cultures. On the other hand, the compass invention has helped to makeexploration of the world easier. Explorers who got to know what exists in the world initially used the instrument to travel to and from their regions (Deng  & Wang, 2005). The exploration paved way for modern civilization, even though this was a gradual process.


One Invention that we cannot Live Without

I think the gun power is the most important  among the four inventions that have been previously mentioned in the paper. This is because security is the foremost important priority for citizens. The gun power has helped to curb acts of terrorism and other security threats to humankind. The weapons that have been developed from this invention have played a role in safeguarding countries and ensuring that their citizens have security, hence enhancing economic growth and development.



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Donn, L., & Donn, D. (2004). Ancient China. Culver City, Calif: Social Studies School Service.

Shaw, R., & Grall, C. (2003). Great inventors & inventions. Ballarat: Wizard Books.