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Inventions:


Invention                             

Date
Invented

Dynasty
that made it

Abacus

 

Sung

Basic Gun

1288 AD

Sung

Canal Pound-Lock

984 AD

Sung

Chain Drive System

976 AD

Sung

Compass

1030-1050 AD

Sung

Flamethrower

~900 AD

Sung

Gunpowder

700 AD

T'ang

Leeboard

 

T'ang

Mercator Map Projection

940 AD

Sung

'Modern' Bomb

1221 AD

Sung

Paper Money

812 AD

T'ang

Phosphorescent Paint

~1000 AD

Sung

Playing Cards

 

T'ang

Printing

1045 AD

Sung

Segmental Arch Bridge

620 AD

T'ang

(Note: if no date is given, the exact date for the invention is unknown)

Interesting Sites: 
 Computersmiths' History of Chinese Invention and Discovery lists many Chinese inventions and how long after their original invention they were 'invented' or otherwise accepted in Western civilization.  For example, the Chinese were using Lacquer, the first plastic, over 3,000 years before its earliest use in the West.  The Chinese Inventions page is similar; however, it lists fewer inventions and describes each one in a short paragraph (click on the bar for the invention to go to its description).

You Drive me Wild! allows people to play the Chinese version of Hearts on-line.  A more complete description is available under Playing Cards, but the best way to learn about it is to go to the site and figure it out for yourself.  Just beware: this site allows users to chat on-line with their teammates, so chat carefully.

The bibliography for this site contains links to all of the websites that I used, and many of these websites contain additional information about inventions that were created in dynasties other than the T’ang or Sung.