China the Middle Country

China’s literal translation of its name means ‘Middle country’ signalling a old belief that it is the center of the world. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envisage a future where this is a reality, and China becomes the center of the world. Its economy is the strongest in the world making it the most powerful country in the year 2012, its a place I have always wanted to visit. Primarily because of its culture and history and I also believe that it is important to not forget these aspects of China. Even if its current government  occasionally oppress its people and the total population is unknown its still a place of interest. Tea was first discovered and popularized in china and exported in the year 1903 and Paper was invented by the eunuch Ts’ai Lun. According to the official history of the Han dynasty (3rd century A.D.), Ts’ai Lun was given an aristocratic title after he presented Emperor Ho Ti with samples of paper. In 751 A.D., Chinese papermakers were captured by the Arabs at Samarkand, and by 794 A.D. several state-owned paper mills operated in Baghdad. The Arabs were manufacturing paper in Spain around 1150. It was not until 1590 that the first English paper mill was founded, at Dartford.

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