Chinese Inventions

Timeline created by Jimmy.McGinnis
In History
  • 2,700 BCE

    Tea

    Tea
    Ever since 2700 BCE, tea has been drank in China. However, until the 8th Century AD, it was used mainly for medicine. After the 8th Century came, it was extremely liked and an every day drink for people all throughout China. Even till today, tea has been an important thing to the Chinese culture
  • -250 BCE

    The Compass

    The Compass
    They Chinese, as early as the 3rd century BCE, made a compass from a magnetic material called lodestone to help them get around.
  • -200 BCE

    Steel

    Steel
    This was very useful, due to its strength, for the Chinese in 200 BCE. This creation was crucial China because in the 1800's during the Industrial Revolution in the West, steel was mass produced.
  • 50

    Porcelain

    Porcelain
    Porcelain is a very delicate form of pottery that is often called China because of its origins. Later on after the creation, people learned how to paint on the vases, plates, and bowls, that were mass produced in the country.
  • 50

    Disease Prevention

    Disease Prevention
    The Chinese were very advanced for there time when it came to medicine. A tactic they used was the burning of a poisonous smoke after a person that had a disease had died. This was a very early disinfectant. Around that time, a Chinese monk recommended steaming the clothes of the sick. Later in the 10th century, they figured out how to inoculate a person from smallpox. The Chinese doctors took the scabs of ill and made them into powder for people who wanted to be healthy to take into there body.
  • 150

    Paper

    Paper
    The Chinese made paper that was probably made of hemp and the bark of a mulberry tree. Also, for 500 years, the Chinese were the only who new how to create paper.
  • 650

    Printing

    Printing
    The technique they used to print was called woodblock printing. First he wrote the letters/symbols on paper, then he glued the paper to a wooden block, after that when the glue was dry, the printer carved out the wood around the characters, leaving the characters raised on the wood. He covered that with black ink and pressed that on the paper which was printing.
  • 750

    The Mechanical Clock

    The Mechanical Clock
    The clock was much more accurate compared to the sun dials and hour glasses that were used prior to the invention. It consisted of a wheel that made a full rotation after reaching 24 hours. Water dripping caused the wheel to turn. Later, a more advanced version made again by the Chinese but was even more accurate.
  • 850

    Gunpowder

    Gunpowder
    Created on accident by Chinese alchemist who were looking to create eternal life, which today takes lives.
  • Period:
    -300 BCE
    to
    1400

    Chinese History