Ten Facts about Ancient China

Terracotta WarriorsThe history of Ancient China can be traced back over 4,000 years.

  1. Although many people spoke different types of Chinese, the written language was the same making reading and writing very important to the Empire.
  2. In China the dragon is a symbol of good luck, power, and strength. The dragon was often the symbol of the Emperor.
  3. The Chinese have used chopsticks to eat for over 4,000 years.
  4. The Last Emperor of China, Puyi, became ruler when he was only 3 years old.
  5. The Ancient Chinese were the first people to drink tea. At first it was primarily used for medicine.
  6. According to legend, silk was discovered in the emperor’s garden in 2700 BC by Hsi-Ling-Shi, the wife of Emperor Huang-Ti.
  7. In some parts of China, “pigtails” were associated with a girl’s marital status. A young girl would wear two pigtails, and when she married, she would wear just one. This may have contributed to the Western view that pigtails are associated with children and young girls.
  8. Great WallGreat Wall of China is over 3700 miles long.
  9. Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
  10. The most important holiday in China is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. Chinese traditionally believe that every person turns one year older on the New Year and, thus, that day is considered to be everyone’s birthday.