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DO you like China Yangtze River


DO you like China Yangtze River

The Yangtze River or Chang Jiang is the longest Yangtze Cruiseriver in Asia and China, and the third-longest in the world, after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. The river is about 6,300 km long and flows from its source in Qinghai Province, eastwards into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It has traditionally been considered a dividing line between North and South China, although geographers consider the Qinling-Huai River line to be the official line of geographical division. As the largest river in the region, the Yangtze is historically, culturally, and economically important to China.

Yangtze-river is the longest river of China and Asia, and third longest in the world, flowing about 6,300 km/3,900 mi from Qinghai on the Tibetan Plateau to the Yellow Sea. It is a major commercial waterway and, with its tributaries, is navigable for 30,000 km/18,640 mi; Yichang is considered the head of navigation, but ocean-going vessels can reach inland as far as Wuhan. The whole drainage basin covers a vast area of over 1,827,000 sq km/705,400 sq mi, and produces about 70% of China's rice crop. Work began on the Three Gorges Dam on the river in December 1994, with the purposes of controlling flooding and generating about 10% of the country's electricity supply.

The Yangtze-river has 204 km/127 mi of gorges, below which lies the Gezhouba Dam, just upstream of Yichang in Hubei province. The Gezhouba was the first hydroelectric dam on the river, and is China's largest completed facility; its output will be overtaken by the Three Gorges project (scheduled for completion 2003), which will be the world's largest dam and hydroelectric scheme.

In the summer of 1998 the Yangtze-river flooded killing 3,000 people and destroying 5 million homes