Ancient Chinese Contributions “China has given many ideas and ideals to the rest of the world; [China] has also given certain material goods or inventions or discoveries” (Bodde, n.d). Many of Ancient China’s inventions and contributions have shaped the way we live today. While gunpowder, porcelain, Chaulmoogra oil, and the story of Cinderella have been important contributions in the growth of the world, paper, printing capabilities, the compass, and the civil service exam are considered by me to be the most useful innovations to come from Ancient China.
One invention that has greatly contributed to the progress of countries throughout the world is gunpowder; it was very likely invented during the Tang Dynasty, sometime in the eighth century Common Era (CE), in Ancient China (Bodde, n.d.; Franklin Institute, n.d.). The first appearance of gunpowder was in fireworks and later in explosives used during invasions from the Chin Taters (Bodde, n.d.). Another useful Ancient Chinese invention is porcelain; it also was very likely invented in the Tang Dynasty, during the ninth century CE, and is commonly called “China” (Bodde, n.d.). The first written account of porcelain was by an Arabic explorer, Suleyman, who wrote of the beautiful vases he had seen in China (Bodde, n.d.). One important contribution Ancient China made to the world was their discovery of Chaulmoogra oil. It is one of the medicinal treatments that are included in a 52 part book, written in China during 1552-1578 (Bodde, n.d.). This oil is indigenous of Southeast Asia and is used for treating leprosy and is currently the only known treatment for this disease (Bodde, n.d.). Another important contribution made by Ancient China was the original story of Cinderella. It was written during the Tang Dynasty in the ninth century (Bodde, n.d.). This story has been rewritten multiple times by multiple countries over the centuries and still appears as a
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