Asian History

Start Your Free Trial

How did the geography of China affect the development of early civilization there?

Expert Answers info

Murl Larson eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,582 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

Early Chinese civilization was largely influenced by the Yellow River and its annual floods. The floods would sometimes become uncontrollable, until the Chinese developed a system of dikes and irrigation ditches. The floods created alluvial soil, which was good for growing crops such as rice. The Yangtze River valley was also noted for its livestock production. A temperate climate in China allowed for the production of mulberry bushes, an essential food for silkworms. The presence of water combined with a good climate for growing crops made China a successful ancient civilization with advanced art and science.

Chinese isolation was largely based on its close proximity to the Gobi Desert, the Taklamakan Desert, and the Himalayan Mountains. The Himalayan Mountains were considered sacred in ancient Chinese texts and served as a border between ancient China and India. Groups that would be associated with the Mongols used the Gobi Desert as a route to invade China. The Mongols inhabited the...

(The entire section contains 5 answers and 867 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

thetall eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2014

write1,737 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Michael Koren eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write2,982 answers

starTop subjects are History, Law and Politics, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Domenick Franecki eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write4,263 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

kapokkid eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write2,387 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial