Well of course the map is going to distort things, but Nanjing was an important naval city, this is where Zheng He set off from on his many ocean faring voyages. In fact it would be a good idea to have Nanjing in the 600 AD start, but then once China hits the industrial age it should be renamed Shanghai, which eclipsed the importance of Nanjing during that time period, as a major hub for trade with the west. Therefore Nanjing (and later Shanghai), should either go: 1. One tile West; therefore moving Hangzhou south one tile OR 2. Place the city above the wheat, on the current forest (one tile east of the pigs) As for Kaifeng, after look at the map again, I'd rather keep it in the place you suggested, due to the fact that one tile North and it would interfere with Zhongdu/Dadu/Beijing. @Leoreth China needs to respawn sometime int eh 17th century, or else the Khmer control all of Southern China and the Mongols (who collapse soon after) control the Northern half. Perhaps having the Chinese respawn when the Mongols have low stability would be a good idea, rather than waiting all the way until Nationalism.