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Yellow River

Running north of and parallel to the river Yangtze is China’s other important river, also known as the “Yellow River”. Like the Yangtze, it runs from west to east and empties out from the east coast. The river starts in the mountains of Qinghai province and it passes through major cities like Lanzhou in Gansu province to the west, then Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Luoyang, running east until Shandong province. The Yellow River is the third longest river in Asia after the Yangtze river. A major bridge over the river is the Zhongshan Bridge in Lanzhou, built over 100 years ago.
While being an essential part of China’s natural landscape, the river has also been responsible for many floods throughout the centuries. There are also many dams built on the river, from Qinghai, Gansu, to Inner Mongolia and Henan province. Large amounts of silt are discharged from the river every year, and this results in the iconic “yellow” or mucky colour of the river.
Ancient Chinese life was born at the basin of the Yellow River. It’s earliest recorded history was centred around the area of the river and as a result, the Yellow River is also known as the “Cradle of Chinese Civilization” and China’s “Mother River”.

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