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“China’s Sorrow” – Huang He (Yellow) River Flood – 1887

The Huang He (Yellow River) is both ‘the Cradle of Chinese Civilization’ and ‘China’s Sorrow’. Only slightly shorter than the Yangtze, at 5,464 km (3,398 mi), it loops northwards from the Bayan Har mountains, then sweeps east, each year bringing 1.6 billion tons of fine-grained silt from the Loess plateau to the huge flat basin …

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