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Yellow river (黃河, Chinese: Huáng Hé)

The second-longest river in China (after the Yangtze River, 長江). It flows through nine provinces of China and it is often referred to as "the cradle of Chinese civilization". Its basin was not only the womb of ancient Chinese culture but also the most prosperous region in early Chinese history.

The majority of earthenware covered in Chinese characters or their predecessors were created on territories along the Yellow River throughout the New Stone Age, the first dynasty of China, the Xia dynasty (夏朝, 2070 B.C. -1600 B.C.), and up to the beginning of the Shang dynasty (商朝 1600 B.C. – 1046 B.C.).

The Yellow river environment and especially its swamps and wetlands, which surrounded human dwellings, were the inspiration for the development of the mysterious and occult scripts called chōchūten (鳥蟲篆,ちょうちゅうてん, lit. “bird and worm seal script”).

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