Yellow River (image) Washington University in St. Louis Caption Known as the 'cradle of Chinese civilization,' the Yellow River was the birthplace of the prosperous northern Chinese civilizations in early Chinese history. However, the Yellow River is also referred to as 'China's Sorrow' because of its frequent and devastating flooding. Credit WUSTL Photo Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.