Did the Chinese invent (among everything else from noodles to gun powder) skiing? Maybe.
Reuters reported recently that cave paintings in Altay, in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, "have been verified as human hunting while skiing and, therefore, archaeologists prove the Altay region to be a place of skiing some 100 to 200 centuries ago", the news agency said..."(Experts) held that cliff paintings in Altay were the earliest archaeological evidence to show how humans had skied in the early days and suggest skiing had originated in Altay." Sorry, no pictures, but the above characters mean "ski." I think the guy on the right is a mono skier.
By the way, the Chinese did not invent the mono ski. That honor goes to this guy.