Can you name the 4 great inventions of ancient China?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Ancient Civilisations

Today, we went on a fascinating field trip to the Beijing Science and Technology Museum. We visited the Chinese Legacies Exhibit.

We were looking for the 4 great inventions of ancient China:

  • paper
  • gunpowder
  • compass
  • printing

We learned so much more! There were wonderful models, moving machines and hands-on activities. We all practiced an ancient printing technique. We also learned about how the stars were observed, how time was kept, ancient medicines, water power, trade routes, weaving machines, farming tools and iron casting. Wow! The ancient Chinese people were very advanced!

Take a look at our learning experiences:
Ancient Chinese Legacies on PhotoPeach


What did you find most interesting? Why?

What did you learn about Ancient China that you didn’t know?

Choose one legacy. Explain why it was important to ancient people. Now explain why it is still important today.

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  1. Diana

    Dear Ms O’dwyer,

    The thing that I found the most cool was the earthquake detector. It was very interesting that the earthquake detector’s head, the dragon, would drop a ball from its mouth into the frog’s mouth. It was also interesting to see a cup called ‘fair cup,’ which had a secret hole inside the cup. Water goes through the hidden hole that is under the ‘fair cup.’ I want to look at more informations for ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, which I’m working on. But I wonder, how did the Ancient Chinese invent these four great inventions?