China is well known for its introduction of ways and means to help ease the life of mankind. Among the inventions of Ancient China, four emerged as great contributions to the developments and changes not only to the country, but also to the world’s economy and culture. The Four Great Inventions of ancient China were papermaking, commercial printing, gunpowder, the compass. China’s four great ancient inventions mad tremendous contributions to the world’s economy and the culture of mankind. They were also important symbols of China’s role as a great world civilization.