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Yangtze River

The Yangtze is China and Asia’s longest river and the third longest river in the world. It’s also known as Chang Jiang, or the “Long River.” The river begins in the Tibetan plateaus of Qinghai province and runs from west to east until it empties out near Shanghai at the East China Sea. It’s highest point is at Tanggula Mountain in Qinghai and it flows through most major cities such as Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai. The Yangtze is home to one of China’s most popular water projects; the Three Gorges Dam. Numerous cruises from Chongqing to Yichang are offered for visitors to the Yangtze river. A lot of the cruises pass the three gorges of Quhang, the Wu and Xiling gorge. The river was once home to numerous species native to China, such as the Yangtze River dolphin, the Chinese paddlefish, and unique species of fish such as the Chinese sturgeon.
In recent years, some parts of the river have been named under state protection and are nature reserves. The area where the river splits in three in Yunnan province, the Three Parallel Rivers, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A third of the population of China live along the Yangtze’s river basin.

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