How did the location of bodies of water affect settlement in China?
Like other ancient civilizations, the first settlements in China grew up around rivers. The soil around the Yangtze and Huang He Rivers was rich and good for farming due to the silt that was deposited during the spring floods.
Two of the largest bodies of water in China are the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. However, there are thousands of rivers in China, including the Zhujiang or Pearl, Lancang, and Liohe rivers. Other Chinese bodies of water also can include lakes and canals like Dian Lake and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.