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The Path of the Yellow River through Tibet & China :
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Kaifeng (Henan Province)
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Taiyuan (Shanxi Province)
Lanzhou (Capital of Gansu Province)
Xining / Silung (Capital of Qinghai Province)
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In 1666 AD during the Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D. - 1911 A.D.), when Gansu was established as a separate province, with the city Lanzhou became its capital.

In the year 1731 AD an shattering earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck near Yinchuan breeching parts of the Shuidonggou Great Wall of China in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

In 1809 A.D., Baotou, a frontier trading post situated on the great northern bend of the yellow river within Inner-Mongolia (Autonomous Region) was officially recognized as a town.

In 1841 A.D. flooding of the lower reaches of the Yellow River devastated the City of Kaifeng in Henan Province, tearing through the city and destroying more historic landmarks.  Much of the city was reconstructed in 1843 A.D.
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In 1854 AD unusual rainfalls upstream caused massive breeching of levies in Shandong Province, diverting the river into a new more northern trajectory and shifting the mouth of the Yellow River by 100's of kilometers.
In 1887 a huge flooding of the Huang He in the lower reaches in Henan and Shandong Province once more changed the path of the river and killed and estimated 900,000 to 2,000,000  Chinese.
The river has changed course in a major way at least five times, the last one taking place in 1897 AD when the river changed its course in the lower reaches along the Shanxi-Hebei borders and in Shandong Province.

The Yellow River has dispenses many blessings and an equal number of sorrows throughout the Ages. Many times the river flooded or worse, changed course dramatically, wiping out whole villages and cities in the process.  Many of the course changes of the river have in its lower reaches and in the North China Plain.  The first
(well) recored major shift of the path of the Yellow River in this region occured in 11 AD. Other recorded years of disaster were 1048 AD, 1128 AD, 1234 AD, 1391 AD, 1546 AD and 1854 AD.

In 1907 AD the first ever Iron Bridge was built across the Yellow River at Lanzhou.  This bridge, today known as Zhongshan No. 1 Yellow River Bridge was constructed at the ancient crossing point of the Yellow River and the main pathway of the Silk Road out of Chang'An, for over 2000 years already the most crucial crossing point along the entire length of the river.
The original bridge, which was financed by German Banker, still stands today and is known as the Zhongshan (an honorary title for Dr. Sun Yat Sen as founder of the Republic of China) No.1 Huanghe Bridge, crossing the River at 'Gold City Gorge' (Jincheng Guan). On the other side lies the Western Pass (西关).
Two years later in 1909 AD Lanzhou University (兰州大学) was founded  in the last death-throws of the Ching Dynasty (1644 AD - 1911 AD) during the Reign of China's notorious Last Emperor 'Henry' Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi.  The establishment of the Institute was one of the very few positive achievements under the shortlived Regime.
- Main: Path o/t Yellow River - Introduction to the Huanghe in General
- History of the Yellow River (1) Earliest History o/t River
                                 (2) Qin and Han Dynasty
                                 (3) Three Dynasties, 16 Kingdoms and Beyond
                                 (4) Sui and Tang Dynasty Era Yellow River
                                 (5) Tangut Xixia and the Mongol Empire
                                 (6) The Ming Dynasty and the Yellow River
                                 (7) The Qing Dynasty and the Yellow River
                                 (8) The Warlord Era, Civil Wars, Anti-Japanese War / WO II
                                 (9) Yellow River and The Peoples Republic of China
- Yellow River as Transportation Highway
- Today's Yellow River - 2010 and beyond
- Cultures of the Yellow River and Basin in China
- Products and Specialities of the Yellow River
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