Our Debt To Ancient China By rpieutjhgfn 1600 BCE Bone Writings The first writing on oracle bones date back to 1600 BC. 1500 BCE First Books The first books were made on bamboo sticks and date back to the Shang Dynasty. 221 BCE Wheelbarrow Invention The wheelbarrow enabled a single person to carry a heavy loaded lpoad and was called 'the wooden ox' in Chinese. 100 Magnetic Compass The first magnetic compass was made in Ancient China, using a lodestone. Some historians, however, believe Chinese compasses date back to the Han Dynasty. 103 Paper-Making Paper-making was perfected in Ancient China in 103 AD. 130 Seismographs The first seismograph, used to measure the strength of earthquakes, was invented in 130 AD. 900 Fireworks Gunpowder was first used for fireworks and was invented in 900 AD. 1026 Acupuncture Acupuncture statuettes showing all the needle points in the human body were first produced in 1026. 1100 Paper Money The world's first paper money was produced by the Chinese in the 11th century. 1600 Children's Kites Kites became a favourite pass-time in China during the Ch'ing Dynasty.