East Asia: China, Korea, Japan 3500 BCE

By this stage in history, farming is well-established in the two great river valleys of ancient China, and is spreading to neighbouring lands.

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What is happening in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan in 3500BCE

Stone-Age farming cultures had emerged in the two great river valleys of China by around 6000 BCE.  On the Yellow River plains of northern China millet was the main crop, whilst in the Yangze Valley to the south, wet-rice cultivation predominated. This was a major development in world history, as rice would come to form the main source of nutrition for a large portion of humanity in the millennia to come.

By this stage, (3500 BCE) both regions were home to well-established farming communities. Agriculture was beginning to spread to neighbouring regions of ancient East Asia. Millet farming had recently arrived in the Korean peninsula from northern China, while wet-rice cultivation was beginning to spread from southern China towards both east and west. Japan, meanwhile, remained home to the ancient hunter-gatherer Jomon culture.

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