Archery in Ancient China

November 29th, 2009 5 comments

Archaeological discoveries proved that archery in China dates back 20,000 years. Practical archery takes three conditions: a bow strong enough to propel arrows, arrows that are sharp enough to kill, and a technique to ensure the stability of arrows in flight. The bow and arrow in ancient China fully met the three conditions. Archaeologists have unearthed finely made arrowheads in a site of the Paleolithic Age in Shanxi Province. Made of stone, the arrowheads were sharp and pointed, and could be mounted on a shaft. No bow was found at the site, since bows were usually made of wood,  bamboo and perhaps tendon of animals and could not remain intact for so many years. But the arrowheads were enough to prove the existence of bows.

As for how to keep the arros stable in flight, Kao-Gong-Ji, the earliest work on science and technology in China, writes under the item of THE ARCHER: “Decide the proportions of the shaft to install the feathers.  The feathers at the end of the shaft are installed in three directions, and then the arrowhead is mounted. An arrow thus made will not lose its balance even in strong winds.” It also says, “When the feathers are too many, the arrows will slow down; when the feathers are too few, the arrow will become unstable.” Later on, ancient Chinese developed bronze arrowheads and the crossbow, upgreading archery to a new height.

Picture of using archery with feet in ancient China:

a pic of using archery with feet in ancient China

NW China major archery competition

September 14th, 2015 No comments

When the 1st “Li Guang Cup” International Archery Invitational Tournament took place in the city of Tianshui, Contestants taking aim at the archery tournament, in Tianshui, Gansu, on Sept 9.Gansu province Sept 9 – 11, it had as many as 50 delegations, with 300 contestants, from China, the United States, France and other countries taking part.

In expressing his pride in the event, Yang Weijun, Tianshui‘s mayor, said at the opening ceremony, “Tinshui expects to carry on the tradition of Chinese archery culture and Chinese sports and continue this archery event,” then he added, “We also hope to publicize our culture this time”.

Tianshui has a long history and culture and is the home of famous figures, such as Li Guang, a general of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), who was said to have shot an arrow into a rock, and the source of the competition’s name.

Li Guang was known for his bravery and toughness in the battlefield, and was nicknamed the “Flying General” by his Staff clear a target at the 1st 'Li Guang Cup' International Archery Tournament, in Gansu.Xiongnu enemies.

Sponsors of the event are the Chinese Archery Association and Gansu Sports Bureau.

Source: By Li Xiaoxu (
Edited by Roger Bradshaw
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June 1st, 2015 No comments

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China archery launches selection for Rio Olympics

March 27th, 2015 No comments

Chinese Archery AssociationFUZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) — Chinese national archery team launched selection games on Friday in Putian of Fujian rovince to choose archers from 101 competitors for Rio’s Olympic Games.

According to the organizing committee, the national archery athletes will be selected based on the scores of international contests, national matches and fitness test. The first round in Putian will last till April 10 when 24 archers will be listed. The second and third round will be followed as various games go on.

Mu Yong, head of the national team, said the final list of six archers for Rio would be released next June.

“Before that, we need to play well at world archery championships in Denmark this July to win the qualified seats of Olympics,” said Mu.

Mu said Chinese national team is very young with an average age of 23 to 24. Many talented archers stand out and become competitive.

“We are still inches behind South Koreans,” said Mu. “Our young archers lack experience, especially when the game goes up and down. They need to be more steady and confident, with better psychological control over their emotion.

“We also prepare the special training with different weather conditions, especially in the rainy and windy days.”