|Help | Sitemap | Archive | Advanced Search | Mirror in USA|
|Voice of Readers|
|China At a Glance|
|Constitution of the PRC|
|State Organs of the PRC|
|CPC and State Leaders|
|Chinese President Jiang Zemin|
|White Papers of Chinese Government|
|Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping|
|English Websites in China|
|Monday, July 10, 2000, updated at 10:05(GMT+8)|
China's Ancient Inventions Recorded at Dunhuang GrottoesFrescoes and other cultural objects unearthed from China's Magao Grottoes provide evidence that China led the world in scientific and technological development before modern science appeared in the West at the end of 18th century.
The honeycomb of caves known as the Mogao Grottoes, in Dunhuang city of Gansu Province in the northwest, are etched into the steep cliff at the foot of Mingsha Mountain. Inside the caves are tens of thousands of ancient documents, Buddhist sutras and murals dating back to the 4th through 11th centuries.
The art of printing, which has helped to advance human civilization, is known to have originated in China. The ingenuity of the ancient Chinese is apparent at Dunhuang.
In the period from the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.) to the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-550), China had developed relatively complete systems of mathematics, astronomy, medical science, agriculture, metallurgy, textile, chemistry, architecture and communications. Sino-overseas scientific and cultural exchanges through the Silk Road in succeeding Tang and Song dynasties brought China into a flourishing age, he added.
In This Section
|Copyright by People's Daily Online, all right reserved||| Mirror in U.S. | Mirror in Japan | Mirror in Edu-Net | Mirror in Tech-Net ||