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List of Chinese Inventions 

Wayne Szalinski
Updated June 14, 2019 13.7k views 137 items
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
Era: Pre-Shang
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Coffin, rectangular wood... 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
Era: Pre-Shang
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Lacquer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
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
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-... 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 applian... 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
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 ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Chinese Inventions
Archaeology, catalogues and epigraphy
Era: Shang and Later