Yangtze River in a glance
The longest river in Asia and also the fourth
longest in the world, the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) flows for 3,400
miles (5,500 kilometers) from the Kunlun Mountains of Tibet in western
China to the East China Sea just north of Shanghai, crossing 12 of China's
provinces and autonomous regions.
More than three quarters of the river's course
runs through mountains. Beginning in the relatively level Tibetan Highlands,
it descends to cut through snowcapped mountains with elevations of 16,000
feet (4,900 meters).
Leaving Sichuan, the Yangtze enters the beautiful
but dangerous Three Gorges, a stretch of about 120 miles (193 kilometers).
The Highlights at Three Gorges, include stretches
of majestic cliffs and spectacular scenery, along with ancient towns and
remote villages, affording an opportunity to see life as it is lived in
the heartland of the world's most populous nation. You will also have
an opportunity to see the world's largest dam project, which will eventually
bring many changes to this dynamic region.