Originally Posted by tint
It's my guess, but huang in huang di mean color of gold back then; the Chinese meaning as "the golden one." Huang he (Yellow River), because the muddy water is yellowish. We have to keep in mind that the concept of three races - White, Black, Asian - is a recent concept in human history origins in the West. I am pretty sure, the Chinese have no concept of this. What is regarded as Chinese has been about culture, not phenotype.
I dunno - why wouldn't they have just said "jin di" if they really meant gold, not "yellow," then?