Chopsticks, a traditional Chinese eating utensil, have undergone a long history of development and become a symbol of traditional Chinese food and drink culture and representative of Eastern civilization. They are also used in other countries, especially Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Chopsticks are utensils for picking up food. According to legend, Yu invented chopsticks 4,000 years ago when he was taming the Yellow River. He had to eat meals in the field. When he was in a hurry, he could not wait for food to cool and had to pick up the hot food with twigs. Hence chopsticks were invented.

According to historical recordes, chopsticks have a history of at least 3,000 years. Few bamboo and wood chopsticks have been found among unearthed cultural relics, because they rot much faster than bone, jade and metal chopsticks. The earliest chopsticks extant were unearthed from a tomb of the State of Chu during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods over 2.000 years ago.

At first, chopsticks were made of bamboo or wood. Later, there appeared ceramic, copper, iron, gold, and silver chopsticks. Today, the development of science has added many new members to the “family of chopsticks”.