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Achievements of Ancient China

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Jaclyn Purcell

on 16 January 2014

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The Silk Road
The Silk Road is the most well-known trading route of ancient Chinese civilization. Trade in silk grew under the Han Dynasty.
The 7000 mile route spanned China, Central Asia, Northern India, and the Parthian and Roman Empires. It connected the Yellow River Valley to the Mediterranean Sea and passed through places such as Chinese cities Kansu and Sinkiang and present-day countries Iran, Iraq and Syria.
The scholar Sima Qian spent most of his life recording the history of China.
Inventions
paper
wheelbarrow
fishing reel
iron plow
anesthetics
kites
silk
Image by Tom Mooring
Language & Literature
Achievements of Ancient China
Nian, the Horrible Monster
Ballad of Mulan
Originally, the Chinese trade silk within the empire. Caravans from the empire's interior would carry silk to the western edges of the region. Often small Central Asian tribes would attack these caravans hoping to capture the traders' valuable commodities. As a result, the Han Dynasty extended its military defenses further into Central Asia from 135 to 90 BC in order to protect these caravans.
woodblock printing
gunpowder
compass
noodles
chopsticks
dominoes
fireworks
and many more!
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