Yellow Emperor

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Yellow Emperor,

Mandarin Huangdi, legendary Chinese ruler and culture hero; tradition holds that he reigned from 2697 B.C. to 2597 B.C. He is one of the mythical prehistoric emperors who supposedly created the basic elements of Chinese civilization. His wife is said to have developed silk production. Along with the semimythical Lao TzuLao Tzu
, fl. 6th cent. B.C., Chinese philosopher, reputedly the founder of Taoism. It is uncertain that Lao Tzu [Ch.,=old person or old philosopher] is historical. His biography in Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Records of the Historian (1st cent. B.C.
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, he was associated in the traditional Chinese folk culture with the founding of Taoism.
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During the trip in Xian, Nanjing, Shanghai and Changsha, Soong has repeatedly touted the idea that the Chinese people on both sides of the strait are descendents of the legendary emperor Huangdi and thus blood brothers.