When did the ancient civilization of China begin?

Ancient China was one of the earliest centers of human civilization

Recent study shows that the stone tools found at China's Xiaochangliang site dated to 1.36 million years ago.

Oracle bones with ancient Chinese writing from the Shang Dynasty have been radiocarbon dated to as early as 1500 BC. The written history of China can be found as early as the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700 BC - ca. 1046 BC).The origins of Chinese culture, literature and philosophy developed during the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC-256 BC).