Yangtze is the world’s third longest river and China’s longest one. Its 6,300 km start at Tanggula Shan and take us across Tibet and seven Chinese provinces before it flows into China’s Eastern Sea.
Its dramatic course, sprinkled with falls and foamy whirls, have inspired many Chinese painters and poets. The Three Gorges (Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling), with their rock formations and vertical stone walls that seem like huge curtains of rock, with the filtered light or fog descending from the peaks, are truly a natural art gallery – as they have been called since old times (‘the 400 li-long art gallery’).
On Yangtze’s course is the world’s biggest dam, China’s largest engineering project since the Great Wall.