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Men and women typically each had their own jobs. Men worked the soil with hoes and wooden spades. They tilled the fields, hunted, and fished. indd 41 11/5/14 4:20 PM time cooking, making wine, raising silkworms for silk production, and weaving. In agricultural Chinese The Importance of Tea society, an oxcart was the most common mode of Tea came to China, probably from Burma, no later than the early first century CE. It was cultivated and prized in China. The ancient Chinese thought tea detoxified the body and gave the drinker energy.

2 Craftsmen printed the cards using A modern painting shows ancient Chinese men playing soccer during the Song dynasty. indd 45 11/5/14 4:20 PM wood-cut blocks and then colored them by hand, sometimes with characters from novels. The Chinese invented the Kongzhu, or yo-yo, more than 1,000 years ago. The yo-yos were made of bamboo attached to a string. Skilled Kongzhu players could make the yo-yo do more than 1,000 tricks. CHINESE CALENDAR Although the ancient Chinese invented many modern pastimes, daily life for many people revolved around farming.

Indd 43 11/5/14 4:20 PM reached the knees. The style depended on the person’s place in society. Some wore tunics with pants, whereas others wore floor-length robes. The wealthier a person was, the fancier his or her clothing. Most common people wore clothing made of cotton or hemp. Only the wealthy could afford silk clothing. The ancient Chinese dyed clothing with four colors—red, blue, yellow, and green. PASTIMES Fun was also an important part of daily life in ancient China, particularly for the wealthy.

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