4 chinese inventionsTimeline for Chinese Inventions” has lists of time-lines put together by Columbia University for many nations and cultures. The Chinese wove silk in 1300 B.C., for example. They invented the folding umbrella in 300 B.C., though it wasn’t received in the West until the 1600s. Gunpowder came along around 750 AD in China and 1330 in the West. The Chinese had moveable type in the year 1040, the West 400 years later.

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