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The Ancient Chinese created many important inventions that are now used around the world, such as paper money and gunpowder. They were also the first to harvest silk.
Name three uses for it.

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Another invention, the compass, had a religious use. What was it?


What was an abacus used for? _________________________
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Chinese writing developed more than 3,500 years ago. Each character, or symbol, stands for a word. Characters based on pictures of things are also known as pictographs. What are characters based on abstract ideas known as?


What word do you get when you combine the symbols for woman and child?


Rain and field? ______________________________
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A tradition that began in ancient China is the celebration of Chinese New Year.
On the first day of the new year, it is considered good luck to see


Why shouldn't you use scissors or wash your hair on Chinese New Year?

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The Forbidden City of Beijing, home to Ming and Quing Emperors, is a great
example of ancient Chinese architecture. What word for palace also meant house?


What number was used often in ancient China's architectural design? ________________

What is a key symbol of China? ______________________
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The Great Wall of China is the longest structure ever built, thanks mostly to the Ming dynasty. Ming emperors fixed the original wall, then added many miles to it with building materials no one had ever used before. What is the wall constructed of?

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