The Ming Dynasty was a dynasty in power in China during the Middle Ages. It was a time of adventure and travel in China as well as Europe. The great Chinese mariners mapped the world. They brought back treasures from around the globe, some of which are on display today in the fabulous Forbidden Palace.
One the most popular items was the folding fan, brought back to China from Japan and Korea. Fans had always been popular in ancient China, but the concept of a folding fan caught on quickly.