Irrigation and Water Systems Pumps and other systems were developed to bring water to the rice paddies.
Fast Growing Rice Fast growing strains of rice were developed so farms could yield 2 or 3 harvests each year.
Land Tenure The government made land available so farmers could grow more crops.
Shipbuilding Technology Large ships that could carry 500 people. Large ships that could carry 500 people. Watertight compartments. Watertight compartments. Moveable rudders and sails. Moveable rudders and sails.
Magnetic Compass The compass allowed sailors to travel and open new trade routes without getting lost.
Gunpowder Gunpowder was first used in fireworks, and later in bombs, rockets and other weapons.
Paper The Chinese invented paper at least 2,000 years ago.
Block Printing Block printing allowed the Chinese to print more books. Block printing allowed the Chinese to print more books. The cost of books became cheaper and more people learned to read. The cost of books became cheaper and more people learned to read.
Paper Currency China issued the world’s first paper currency.
Porcelain China developed a fine, white pottery that became prized around the world.
Silk China held the secret to making this beautiful cloth for many years.
Great Wall In order to keep out invaders, China built a great wall along its northern border.