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Yu Meets Local Lords on Mount. Tu

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Yu the Great was a legendary ruler in ancient China famed for his introduction of flood control, inaugurating dynastic rule in China by founding the Xia Dynasty, and for his upright moral character.
During the reign of king Yao, the Chinese heartland was frequently plagued by floods. Yu's father, Gun, was tasked with devising a system to control the flooding, but he failed. Yu continued his father's work. With lessons learned from his father, Yu works hard for thirteen years to make a system of irrigation canals and dredge the riverbeds, and succeeded in controlling the flood.
King Shun, who reigned after Yao, was so impressed by Yu's engineering work and diligence that he passed the throne to Yu instead of to his own son. Yu is said to have initially declined the throne, but was so popular with other local lords and chiefs that he agreed to become the new emperor, at the age of fifty-three.
To consolidate the reign, Yu divided the Chinese "world" into nine zhou or provinces—Jizhou, Yanzhou, Qingzhou, Xuzhou, Yangzhou, Jingzhou, Yuzhou, Liangzhou and Yongzhou. He also met local lords in Mount. Tu (today's Bengbu of Anhui) and received tributes paid by them. To commemorate the meeting, he ordered created ding vessels called the Nine Tripod Cauldrons with bronze received from these nine territories.


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