4th period: Conrad/Shoemaker

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Shang

1600 BC - 1045 BC

Silk

1300 BC

Silks were originally reserved for the Kings of China for their own use and gifts to others. It was a popular luxury fabric accessible to Chinese merchants.

Zhou

1045 BC - 256 BC

Warrnig States

475 BC - 221 BC

Folding Umbrella

300 BC

The first folding umbrella was designed originally for a ceremonial four-wheeled carriage. It evolved eventually into a popular item that is used a lot now a days. The umbrella is mainly used for rain protection.
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Qin

221 BC - 206 BC

Han

206 BC - 220 BC

Papermaking

105 AD

The Chinese used paper for wrapping, padding, and also used it for writing material.

Tea

264 AD

Tea was accidently discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung when he was boiling water and the leaves fell into the pot.

Kite

549 AD

In China, the kite had a dual nature, it was used as both a toy and utiltarian device.

Fireworks

600 AD

Fireworks were used to accompany many chinese festivities and were an important part of ancient Chinese culture.
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Playing Cards

700 AD

In ancient China card games were purely invented for the purpose of entertainment. Royalty was said to have played card games for centuries.

Printing

868 AD

The Chinese invention of Woodblock printing produced the world's first print culture.

Gunpowder

900 AD

The discovery of gunpowder helped revolutionize warfare in China.

Compass

1040 AD

The compass helped Chinese travelers find their way throughout China.