The first real taps appeared in Istanbul in the 16th century. Before the advent of the faucet, the walls of the water supply were studded with animal-headed “spouts”, usually made of stone and, to a lesser extent, metal, from which the water flowed in long, uncontrolled streams. The faucet was developed to avoid wasting water and to solve the ever-severe shortage of water resources. In China, the ancient people tapped between bamboo joints and then joined them one by one to bring water from rivers or mountain springs, which is regarded as the origin of the ancient faucet. By the time of the Republic of China, the faucets were gradually becoming smaller and were not too different from modern faucets.
As to why it was called a tap, there are several stories circulating to this day. The first story is that, in the early Qing Dynasty, the Japanese introduced a firefighting equipment into Shanghai, which is actually an artificial water pump. This pump is much larger than the water bag, the water pump, and can spray water uninterruptedly, it and the sky will spray water dragon resembles a bit, so it was called “water dragon”, catch the water belt is called “water dragon belt”, the water spray head was called The water catching belt was called “water hose” and the water spraying head was called “faucet”, which was later saved as “faucet”.
The second is, in the mid-18th century, the Qianlong Emperor Yuanmingyuan’s Western Garden, the European painter Lang Shining designed the 12 zodiac taps, placed in the center of the garden, every two hours in turn spray water, which is the prototype of Chinese taps. Later, where there is a water outlet are carved with a faucet, water flows from the dragon’s mouth, thus the name of the faucet.
Post time: Feb-23-2023