A panda munches on a bamboo sprig. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN
For thousands of years bamboo has been an important practical and cultural product in China. People have used it for food, crafts, and weaponry, and to make bridges, residences, and household items.
China has used bamboo for thousands of years. Ten thousand years ago hominids (erect bipedal primate mammals comprising recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms)