A list of famous Chinese inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient Chinese inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of Chinese inventions includes items like gunpowder, silk, and fireworks, as well as modern Chinese inventions like the telescope and paper money.
Over the years, historical inventions from China
have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient China inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.
These inventions by Chinese inventors
are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing.