Interesting facts about ancient China

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      147


The amazing country of China achieved great heights in ancient times. It was here that gunpowder was invented, important astronomical discoveries were made, and also, a progressive taxation scale was invented here many hundreds years ago! But since ancient China was a rich country, many people wanted to get hold of the property of its inhabitants. Alas, the Chinese were not good at war in the past, and lost all wars, but they found an amazing way to deal with barbarian attacks: when they lost battles, they accepted them, assimilated them, and simply dissolved into their culture.

Facts about Ancient China

  • The disparate possessions and Chinese provinces were united into a single state around 260 B.C.
  • Ancient China was once the only country supplying the West with priceless porcelain.
  • Cheating during exams to get into public service in ancient China was punishable by death.
  • It was the Chinese long time ago invented silk fabric, and they kept the technology of its manufacture in secret for nearly 2,000 years.
  • Chinese historians claim that soccer originated in ancient China. There is evidence that the sport was played in the Chinese people in 1000 BC.
  • Documentary evidence confirms that the Chinese introduced mushrooms into their diet about 3000 years ago (interesting facts about mushrooms).
  • It was in ancient China that the oldest printed book in the world, the Diamond Sutra, was made.

  • All the male population of China had to collect their hair in a ponytail. This happened during the Qing Dynasty, when the Manchus conquered ancient China. They obliged the Chinese to collect hair in a ponytail under the penalty of death. Apparently, this was done in order to distinguish the Chinese from the Manchus: the latter wore their hair gathered in a low ponytail. This law didn’t exist for a very long time.
  • It was in Ancient China that the world’s first lunar calendar was created. It was over 4,000 years ago.
  • It was in ancient China that the custom of tightly bandaging the feet of young girls and enclosing them in wooden blocks originated. As a result, over the years, the feet became terribly deformed, but in this form they were very attractive. Fortunately, this wild custom is not practiced in modern China (interesting facts about China).
  • Hundreds of years ago, the Chinese became adept at flying kites. They were used to intimidating enemies in battles.
  • The most large-scale and useless construction, built in those distant times, was the Great Wall of China. Nomads simply bypassed it instead of storming it (interesting facts about the Great Wall of China).
  • Ice cream was first made in ancient China about 4,000 years ago.
  • Chinese emperors always kept Pekingese dogs with them.
  • In ancient China, sunglasses where smoky quartz was used instead of glass were common. They were used to hide the eyes from others, and were widely used, for example, at court hearings.

  • Doctors in ancient China invented a special cure for lice poisoning. Here, poisoning refers to the excessive eating of lice.
  • Once the Chinese in some provinces never washed at all, believing that through the water enter the body of various diseases.
  • Becoming a eunuch and working in the imperial palace was the only way for a poor man in ancient China to make a decent living. Many parents castrated boys immediately after birth so that he could have some chance in life.
  • It was here that toilet paper in its almost familiar form was invented.
  • Despite the beliefs of other peoples, the dragon was considered an honorable creature in ancient China. It was portrayed in mythology only as a positive creature.
  • The ancient Chinese believed that while writing hieroglyphs, a person was going through a process of self-improvement and gaining morality.
  • Another invention of the ancient Chinese was varnish. They covered wooden products and shoes with a special compound to protect them from getting wet.
  • Scientists in ancient China knew that blood moves through the vessels because of the heartbeat as early as the 2nd century BC. European physicians did not know this until the 17th century (interesting facts about blood).
  • It is known that the writing traditions of all European nations have their roots in the ancient Sumerians, but the Chinese have invented it completely independent.
  • Suspension bridges were invented in Ancient China.