posted on Jul, 21 2006 @ 03:34 PM
About 1000 years ago, only China had cities with more than 1 million population,.In 11 century, Europe's largest cities were London, Paris, Venice
and Florence, each city at best had 10,000 people., but China’s capital had a population of 1.5 million. 6 cities had a population over 200,000, 46
cities had more than 100,000 households. There were beadhouses、hospitals、orphanages and public burial agencies in these Chinese cities. At the
same time ,Europe was poor and underdeveloped ,Africa and America were in a state of unclvilised .
In 13th century the most prosperous and the largest city outside China is Baghdad, its population was about 300 to 500 thousand. In Europe ,the
largest and most prosperous city was Venice ,but it only had 100,000 citizens in . In 14 century ,London only had 40,000 citizens, and there were
60,000 citizens in Paris. But early in 13th century ,China’s Hangzhou, Suzhou and Chengdu all became cities had apopulations over 1 million .In
13th century Venice was the richest places in Europe , When Venice merchants happened come to China’s Quanzhou, they couldn’t help gasp in
admiration , said that was a bright lightened city. When they came to Hangzhou, they thought it as a city of paradise, and is the most noble and most
beautiful city in the world.
About 1,000 years ago, China is moving to the direction of a maritime power. When Venice merchants saw China’s merchant ship they said with
admiration, "Chinese vessels are the largest ones you can ever imagine ,it has six-mast, 4-deck, 12,vast sail and can carry 1,000 people. in it.
These vessels not only have route chart which is almost miraculously precise .and they also have specialists to watch stellar and know geometry, and
those people were skilled in the use of natural magnet, through which they could find the road leading to land in the world end. and may God be
More than 1,000 years ago the Chinese steel industry amounted to 1.25 million tons annually. In 1788, European industrial revolution began in
Britain ,but they could only produce iron and steel 76,000 tons annually.
In 11th century Chinese began using notes, and the European began using notes in 17 century. In 1661, the Swedish banknotes were issued as the
first European country to use notes.. More than 1,000 years ago Chinese people produce porcelain with soil and easily sold them to win gold and
silver,they were good traders. More ealier, they know how to make paper ,how to print a book ,and they know how to make gunpowder and they know how to
make a compass. All these inventions are earlier than Europe more than 400—800 years.
A thousand years ago, Chinese people would be proud to say : "I am happy because I am not the uncivilized nationalities; I am happy because I
live in Luoyang, the best city in the world.