The Geography of China's River Valleys

The Geography of China's River Valleys

The Geography of Chinas River Valleys Sec. #1 The Dragon The dragon is a respected spirit Dragons bring luck Dragons symbolize rivers, streams and deltas

The Geographic Setting of China Rivers, the North China Plain and monsoons are very important to China Southern China has wet monsoons Northern China has dry monsoons

The Middle Kingdom Geographic barriers cut China off from other lands China only knew of the nomadic people to the north and west They thought that they lived in the center of the world, the Middle Kingdom

Rivers, the Birthplace of Civilization The Huang He or Yellow River got its name from the loess or yellow-brownish soil it gave to the land The Yangzi River in the south gave water for fertile soil

Chinas Sorrow The rivers sometimes brought too much flooding which came without warning Thousands of people drowned and the rivers would make new paths over the land

How was flooding controlled? The Chinese people build dikes along the banks Dikes were protective walls that held back the waters Sometimes the loess would collect and bring the water level up and broke the

dikes Beginnings of Chinese Civilization As early as 5000 B.C. farming settlements developed along the rivers The Shang dynasty was the first civilization 1700 B.C. They invented

bronze, first cities, and writing The Chinese Family The family was the center of Chinese life The Chinese households contain many generations of extended family living together

The status of each person depended on age and gender The Chinese Family The oldest male had the most power and privileges in the family After the oldest man died, all land and money was divided among his sons

Women had to respect all males in the family; fathers, husbands, brothers and sons When a woman married she left her home to live with her husbands family Family Names The Chinese were the first civilization to

have two names The last name is used first and then the first name

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