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The first place to be called the 'Middle Kingdom'

By China Daily | China Daily | Updated: 2013-10-03 07:44

About 1.8 million years ago, the ancestors of Chinese people began to use fire and stone tools on this land. About 5,000 years ago, they learned how to extract salt from water in this area. More than 4,000 years ago, the early Chinese emperors Yao, Shun and Yu successively made this place the capital cities during their reigns.

According to historic records, this mysterious land is the earliest place called Zhongguo (the Middle Kingdom), or China. It was later named Hedong (east of the Yellow River), and today's name is Yuncheng (city of transportation).

Yuncheng got its name because it has a natural salt lake and was an important hub of salt transportation in ancient times.

The first place to be called the 'Middle Kingdom'

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