The Splendid Chinese Culture

Ships in Ancient China


Boats in ancient China probably originated as simple floatation devices appearing earlier than rafts and dugout canoes. They were the earliest water-going devices in human history. The materials used to make floats included fallen trees, branches, and such common objects as bamboo and reeds.


Traditional Techniques of Making Writing-Brush


The writing brush has a long history—traces of its use have found on painted pottery from as long ago as the Neolithic. Before the Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), the writing brush (bi) went by various names. However, when the Qin government implemented the policy for the “standardization of the writing system and the width of axles,” the names were put aside in favor of the word we use today.

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