In general, bees and wasps are called Feng [蜂] in Chinese, and honey bees are called Mi-feng [蜜蜂].
The earliest written record of bees is the Chinese character Feng in ancient inscriptions on animal bones dating back 3000 years
Later in the Zhou Dynasty (around 300 BCE), the Chinese character Mi, meaning honey, was recorded in the Book of [Rites], Li Ji, as a dietary recommendation.
Another character found on an oracle bone inscription may have a connection to bees as well:
One form of the character for “Autumn” had fire below the insect, which possibly meant the bee (hive) was being smoked and handled.
The earliest record of smoking a bee hive can be dated back to Song (960-1279) and the technique has been employed by the Chinese tribe of Dai for driving off hornets and the collection of larva from the nest since ancient times