Henan Province (Hénán shěng 河南省)|Hénán shěng 河南省 (Henan Province)
Keith A. LEITICH
Henan Province, in the north-central part of the country, is China’s most densely populated province. It is known as the cradle of Chinese civilization, with evidence pointing to its inhabitation during China’s Neolithic period (12,000–2,000 BCE). Several ancient imperial capital cities are located in the province, which is about the size of the state of Wisconsin but with approximately seventeen times the population.