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[Wikipedia] The world’s oldest surviving book is Chinese—a Buddhist text called the Diamond Sutra, which bears the date 868 AD.
Along with other printed manuscripts, the book was discovered in 1907 in a walled-up cave in Dunhang (north-west China) and is on display at the British Library.
It’s unclear how or when the secret was lost, however, it was transmitted to Japan around 300AD (brought there by four Chinese girls according to one legend).
Another popular legend says that the secret was transmitted to India via a Chinese princess who hid some eggs in the lining of her head dress.
It remained a secret for thousands of years, despite the fact that it became widely exported.
The invention made its way to Korea in the 13th century…
Another legend has it that European monks—who were sent to China in the sixth century to discover the secret of silk—smuggled some silkworm eggs out.
[ Wikipedia “History of Silk”] Drinking tea is widely considered to have started first in China, which has the earliest surviving records of tea drinking dating back to the first millennium BC.
[ BBC News “Oldest noodles unearthed in China” Oct.
China facts (interesting & fun statistics): The Chinese invented noodles, which they’ve been eating for at least 4,000 years, according to radiocarbon dating of ancient noodles discovered near the Yellow River in 2005.