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Shenzhen Daily: Priceless antiques on display at museum

by Han Ximin, Jane Lai

WANT to know how ancient Chinese kept their food fresh before the refrigerator was invented?

It was kept inside the tong bing jian (literally translated as “bronze ice box”), technology that can be dated back to around 300 B.C. in the Warring States Period. The ancient Chinese refrigerator, the first of its kind in the world, was excavated in 1978 from a tomb in Sui County in Hubei Province.

Or maybe you are interested in containers that ancient people used to hold wines. The four goats quadripod, a bronze antique of the Shang Dynasty (1066 B.C.-771 B.C.), will reveal that secret.

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