Fossil fuel production and consumption began with coal – its first reported uses date as far back as 4000BC in China where carving took place out of black lignite (one of the several forms of coal). 1. However, largescale combustion of coal is typically correlated with the period around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Since gold began to be mined in the 1970s, gold production in China has rapidly increased. China overtook South Africa in 2007 as the number one in the world's largest gold producing countries. China's major gold production regions are generally located in the east of the country, in the eastern provinces of Shandong, Henan, Fujian, and Liaoning.