Chinese Inventions

Timeline created by Katie Welsh
In History
  • 450

    Paddlewheel

    Paddlewheel
    In the 5th century, the Chinese arranged a series of paddles in a wheel. People walked on a treadmill to turn the paddlewheel, which in turn moved through the water, moving the boat forward.
  • 450

    Paddlewheel

    Paddlewheel
    People walked
    on a treadmill to turn the paddlewheel, which in turn moved through the water, moving the boat forward.
  • 650

    Printing

    Printing
    In about the 7th century, the Chinese invented a technique called woodblock printing.
  • 650

    Printer

    Printer
    The printer first drew characters (symbols) on
    paper. He then glued the paper to a wooden block. When
    the glue was dry, the printer carved out the wood around
    the characters, leaving the characters raised on the wood.
  • 750

    Tea

    Tea
    For several thousand years, tea—made by letting tea leaves steep in boiling water—was drunk mostly as medicine. However, by
    the 8th century C.E., tea had become a hugely popular everyday beverage throughout China.
  • 750

    Mechanical Clock

    Mechanical Clock
    The Chinese developed the first mechanical clock in about the 8th
    century. The new clock was more accurate than earlier timekeeping devices, such as sundials and hourglasses. The
    Chinese devised a wheel that made one complete turn every 24 hours. Dripping water made the wheel turn. Every
    quarter hour, drums would beat; and every hour, a bell would chime. The sounds let people know what time it was.
  • 850

    Gunpowder

    Gunpowder
    Gunpowder was accidentally invented by alchemists who were trying to find the secret of eternal life.
  • 850

    Game Cards

    Game Cards
    Game cards were invented in China in about the 9th century. Printers used woodblock printing to make the cards from thick paper. Famous artists drew the designs that appeared on the backs of the cards.
  • 1050

    Printing

    Printing
    In the 11th century, during the Song dynasty, the Chinese
    invented movable type. (Europeans developed movable
    type independently in the 1400s.)
  • Period:
    -300 BCE
    to
    1400

    Chinese History