February 3rd, 2011
There's an entire laundry list of technological innovations that the Chinese developed centuries before the West, including porcelain, silk, the compass, paper and gunpowder.
Another area in which the Chinese beat the west was music, via an instrument called the bianzhong.
Bianzhong bells are made of bronze and were developed at least 3600 years ago in ancient China. Because of their unique shape, each bell can produce two different tones, depending on where the musician strikes them. A full set of 65 bells can play a complete 12 tone scale - another capability that the Chinese developed over 2,000 years earlier than Europeans.
In the entire world, only one of these ancient instruments remains intact. In fact, their existence was basically forgotten until 1978, when a set of Bian
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