What advantages did ancient china have thatallowed them to become very advanced for its time?
Did the mongols play a part in this bywiping out many other kingdoms in the area?
High Population, good farming lands, bigrivers for good transport, little to no war from foreign countries, Access tosea.
I suppose the huge river basin of theYellow River, which is able to sustain millions of people, has had aninfluence.
> good farming lands
Chinese farmland were not as fertile untilwe hit the Yangtz river and the import of Thai/Vietnam rice. Some regions thatwere once consider as fertile were severely damaged during war &deforestation that led to a population shift towards south.
>big rivers for good transport,
The water way were mostly east-west, theyhad to dug a huge canal, the Grand Canal, to function as waterway from north tosouth.
> little to no war from foreigncountries
Technically true in the sense that tribesaren't countries. But China consistently had to deal with nomads.
> Access to sea.
Problem with ocean without refrigeration isthat they aren't that useful in terms of providing proteins. And navaltraveling didn't reach their height till Song dynasty. It was only in Qingperiod I believe in order to protect the local water travel from rising maritimetrade did the government issue edict to ensure goods were traveling on thewater.
good farming lands and vast foodvariations(rice, jujubes, noodle shops, etc) to support a very high population
climate zones ranging from the tropical tothe subarctic
developing traditional medicine which sawfood as the basis of good health
cooking methods/recipes from nomads,missionaries and traders
China in general (even to this day) has avast history of improving on things that already exist.
Mongols didn't even exist during the periodof Ancient China (Shang and Zhou Dynasties, not to be confused with the periodof Imperial China). The main barbarians to the north at the time were theNorthern Di tribes. The Shang and Zhou dynasties were pretty much the onlydominant sovereign entities in that part of the world.
The King of Zhou switched his capitalbecause the Di was harassing him. So I don't know if they are that dominant.