Yangtze River

The Yangtze River, stretching approximately 3,964 miles, holds the distinction of being China’s largest and the world’s third-largest river, after the Nile and the Amazon. Originating from the Tanggula Range in Qinghai Province, it courses through eleven provinces and cities, including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Shanghai, before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai.

As China’s largest water system, the Yangtze River holds immense historical, economic, and cultural significance. Its tributaries, such as the Min, Han, Jialing, Gan, and Huangpu Rivers, contribute to its vast network. Notably, the Three Gorges Dam stands as the world’s largest dam project and hydropower station, further highlighting the river’s importance.

The Yangtze River also serves as a symbolic divider between North and South China. Regions on either side of the river exhibit distinct differences in climate, scenery, economy, culture, and customs. This geographical feature has historically influenced the development and identity of various regions along its banks, shaping the rich tapestry of Chinese civilization.

Popular Zhejiang Tours

Customize Your Own Tour


    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.