Top 10 greatest inventions of ancient China

By Lin Liyao
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During the Tang and Song dynasties, tea became a popular drink around the country and the world. [Liu Zhengxu/]

According to Chinese legend, tea was first drunk by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong around 2,737 BC. Then, an unknown Chinese inventor created the tea shredder, a small device that used a sharp wheel in the center of a ceramic or wooden pot that would slice the leaves into thin strips. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, tea production developed rapidly, and tea became a popular drink around the country and the world. Cha Jing, written by Lu Yu in the Tang Dynasty, is widely recognized as the world's first scientific work about tea production.

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