China is surrounded by deserts and
mountains. These acted natural barriers, separating China from the rest
of the world. But not all China's geography were barriers. China has two
major river systems that provided fertile soil and safe drinking
The early people
called the rivers in China "The Great Sorrow". That's because
each spring the rivers would overflow their banks.
Yangtze River had high banks which kept the homes built on high ground
safe. But not all homes were built on high ground.
other major river system, the Huang He (the Yellow River), has low
banks. Some early people built homes on stilts, to try and keep their
homes safe during the flooding season.
was not until the early engineers of ancient China learned the
techniques of flood control that the homes along the Yellow River
survived more than one season.
of China's River Systems
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