Yangtze River - The Longest River in China

23th July 2018


Winding about 3,964 miles, Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. Originating from the Tanggula Range in Qinghai Province in western China, it traverses eleven provinces and cities from west to east, including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Finally it pours into the East China Sea at Shanghai.

As the largest water system in China, Yangtze River is historically, economically and culturally important to the country. It has numerous tributaries including Min River, Han River, Jialing River, Gan River, and Huangpu River. The Three Gorges Dam on the river is the largest dam project and hydropower station in the world. Generally, people consider the river a dividing line between North China and South China. Areas to the north and the south of the river have many differences in climate, scenery, economics, culture and folk customs.


A riverside view of Shanghai, a city situated at the estuary of the Yangtze River. [Photo/VCG]


Freighters and cruise ships sail on the waters of the Yangtze River in Yichang, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/VCG]


The Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/VCG]


A container terminal on the bank of Xiangjiang, a tributary of Yangtze River in Central China's Hunan province. [Photo/VCG]


Ships berth on Jialing River, an upper tributary of the Yangtze River, in Chongqing city.  [Photo/VCG]


Boats cruise through a section of the Yangtze River in Yibin, a city in the upper reaches of the river. [Photo/VCG]

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