Liangzhu was destroyed 4,300 years ago and its ruins are now a Unesco World Heritage Site in Zhejiang province, eastern China. Photo: Getty Images
Liangzhu was destroyed 4,300 years ago and its ruins are now a Unesco World Heritage Site in Zhejiang province, eastern China. Photo: Getty Images

Why did the ancient Chinese civilisation of Liangzhu collapse? Scientists point to climate change

  • Severe flooding resulting from huge monsoon rains destroyed the city and forced its inhabitants to flee, researchers say
  • They looked to cave stalagmites for clues on the climatic conditions, to find out why the advanced culture came to an abrupt end

Topic |   Climate change
Liangzhu was destroyed 4,300 years ago and its ruins are now a Unesco World Heritage Site in Zhejiang province, eastern China. Photo: Getty Images
Liangzhu was destroyed 4,300 years ago and its ruins are now a Unesco World Heritage Site in Zhejiang province, eastern China. Photo: Getty Images
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