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The Yangtze

The Yangtze River

The Chinese say, - if you haven't traveled up the great Yangtze, you haven't been anywhere.

raft on the Yangtze

Throughout history, people have been drawn to the Yangtze River for trade, transport and spiritual pilgrimage, making it a Mecca for travelers from around the world.

The third longest river in the world, the Yangtze stretches an impressive 3,900 miles across China before reaching its mouth in the estuary near Shanghai. Emerging from the glaciers and snows of the Tibetan plateau, the Yangtze River rages through the mountainous terrain of western China, its relentless flow sculpting immense gorges that are known across the world as the Three Great Gorges.

The Yangtze is revered for its role in providing sustenance to those who inhabit its banks. For thousands of years, these people have tilled its fertile plains, fished its deep pools and navigated its channels, reaping its benefits as a conduit of trade. It is no wonder the river is considered "China's Lifeline."

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