The longest and most abundant river in China
As the 3rd longest river in the world,Yangtze River(Changjiang River) is a very important to China in many aspects(water supply&irrigation,transportation,hydraulic power,ecosystem etc.).One out of every 18 people on earth lives in the Yangtze Basin.China has 150 million people living along the Yangtze river, more than the total population of most countries in the world. It flows from the Tibetan Plateau to Sichuan Basin, then go through the central part of China and embrace the East China Sea.The changing of elevation and landform is remarkable resulting many different-type scenic spots along the Yangtze River. From Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain to the Chongming Island in Shanghai, from prayer flags in snowy mountains to the shining modern lights at the Bund,Yangtze river brought the pureness from Tibetan plateau into the Eastern China Sea. It flows through Shangrila ,Leshan Giant Buddha as well as millions of normal Chinese families.
Total Length of the main stream: 6300km (3915 mile）
Drainage area :180 km²
The middle and lower reaches have four distinct seasons, with cold winter and hot summer.
Sichuan basin has a mild climate, with winter temperatures 5 degrees Celsius higher than those in the middle and lower reaches.
The upper valleys have typical vertical-changing climate, with white peaks and evergreen forest in lower elevation.
The source region has a typical alpine climate.
Main branches: Yalong river, Min river, Han river, Huangpu river etc..
Main lakes: Dongting Lake, Poyang Lake, Tai Lake etc..
Main cities across: Shanghai , Nanchang, Wuhan, Chongqing,Yichang etc.
Related provinces: Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan,Jiangsu etc..
Important Tourism Spots
Along the Yangtze River Main Stream: Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, Three Gorge, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shenlongjia Nature Reserve, Poyang Lake Wetland, The Bund etc.
In the basin of Yangtze River: Dujiangyan irrigation，Qingcheng mountain，Leshan Giant Buddha，Dazu Stone Carvings, Southern China Karst landform, Zhangjiajie, Yellow(Huang)Mountain,West lake etc..
Upper, middle and lower reaches
Yangtze River also mostly called Changjiang river in China are very diverse in its upper, middle and lower reaches.