asia List of Chinese Inventions  

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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.
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Paper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Chinese Inventions

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Printing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Chinese Inventions

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Gunpowder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Chinese Inventions

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Compass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Chinese Inventions

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Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Bell Era: Pre-Shang

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Coffin, rectangular wooden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Coffin, rectangular wooden Era: Pre-Shang

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Dagger-axe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Dagger-axe Era: Pre-Shang

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Drum, alligator hide is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Drum, alligator hide Era: Pre-Shang

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Fork is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Fork Era: Pre-Shang

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Lacquer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Lacquer Era: Pre-Shang

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Millet, cultivation of is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Millet, cultivation of Era: Pre-Shang

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Noodle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Noodle Era: Pre-Shang

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Oar, rowing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Oar, rowing Era: Pre-Shang

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Plastromancy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Plastromancy Era: Pre-Shang

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Plowshare, tofriangular-shaped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Plowshare, tofriangular-shaped Era: Pre-Shang

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Rice, cultivation of is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Rice, cultivation of Era: Pre-Shang

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Saltern is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Saltern Era: Pre-Shang

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Sericulture is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Sericulture Era: Pre-Shang

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Soybean, cultivation of is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Soybean, cultivation of Era: Pre-Shang

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Steamer, pottery appliance for... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Steamer, pottery appliance for cooking Era: Pre-Shang

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Treetrunk coffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Treetrunk coffin Era: Pre-Shang

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Urn, pottery burial is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Urn, pottery burial Era: Pre-Shang

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Acupuncture is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Acupuncture Era: Shang and Later

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Animal zodiac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Animal zodiac Era: Shang and Later

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Archaeology, catalogues and ep... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Archaeology, catalogues and epigraphy Era: Shang and Later

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Armillary sphere, hydraulic-po... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Armillary sphere, hydraulic-powered Era: Shang and Later

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Banknote is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Banknote Era: Shang and Later

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Bellows, hydraulic-powered is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Bellows, hydraulic-powered Era: Shang and Later

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Belt drive is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Belt drive Era: Shang and Later

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Blast Furnace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Blast Furnace Era: Shang and Later

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Bomb, cast iron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Bomb, cast iron Era: Shang and Later

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Borehole drilling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Borehole drilling Era: Shang and Later

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Bristle toothbrush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Bristle toothbrush Era: Shang and Later

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Bulkhead partition is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Bulkhead partition Era: Shang and Later

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Calendar year at 365.2425 days is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Calendar year at 365.2425 days Era: Shang and Later

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Cast Iron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Cast Iron Era: Shang and Later

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Celadon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Celadon Era: Shang and Later

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Chain drive, endless power-tra... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Chain drive, endless power-transmitting Era: Shang and Later

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Chemical warfare using bellows... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Chemical warfare using bellows, mustard smoke, and lime Era: Shang and Later

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Chopsticks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Chopsticks Era: Shang and Later

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Chromium, use of is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Chromium, use of Era: Shang and Later

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Chuiwan (Chinese golf) is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Chuiwan (Chinese golf) Era: Shang and Later

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Civil service examinations is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Civil service examinations Era: Shang and Later

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Co-fusion steel process is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Co-fusion steel process Era: Shang and Later

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Coke as fuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Coke as fuel Era: Shang and Later

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Contour canal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Contour canal Era: Shang and Later

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Crank handle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Crank handle Era: Shang and Later

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Crossbow, handheld is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Crossbow, handheld Era: Shang and Later

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Cuju (football) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Cuju (football) Era: Shang and Later

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Cupola furnace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Cupola furnace Era: Shang and Later