The New Shanghai Theatre
China, one of the world's oldest civilizations, has a written history which goes back 3,500 years. China, which lies in eastern Asia, is the world's largest nation in population, and is the third largest in area. Only Russia and Canada have more territory.
What do spaghetti, a wheelbarrow, the compass, paper, gunpowder, silk cloth, porcelain and acrobatics have in common? They were all invented in China.
The first recorded use of gunpowder by the military was during a period of Chinese history known as the Five Dynasties. They simply put the gun powder in clay posts, set them on fire and threw them. The fiery explosion was enough to send their enemies running in the other direction.
Several hundred years before the invention of gun powder, in a period known as the Qin Dynasty, something we use everyday without even thinking much about it was invented: paper!
The Chinese take great pride in what is known as "the four inventions," the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing. They should be proud! These inventions transformed sea transport, warfare and literacy not just in China but all over the world.
What about spaghetti? If you think spaghetti is Italian, think again. Spaghetti originated in China. And the next time you are in a hardware store and pass a wheelbarrow, remind yourself that it was invented in China also.
Although we have put to use many of the things the Chinese people have invented, there are some practi..
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