Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest river in the world only after Nile in Africa and Amazon in South America. Rising high from the Tanggula range in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it flows for 6,418 kilometers eastward across most southern part of China.
Before it empties itself into East Sea in Shanghai, Yangtze River traverses 11 provinces and cities including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Along with the Yellow River, Yangtze River is considered the most important river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilization.
Yangtze River is blessed with many beautiful gorges, big or small. Some gorges are remarkably magnificent, some are intimidatingly precipitous and some are just amazingly beautiful. Most attractive part of the river is the Three Gorges: the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The three Gorges is a 400 mile (650km) stretch of the river starting from Chongqing down to Yichang, Hubei province. Among this stretch, the Yangtze River winds its way through the limestone cliffs and high mountains above raging rapids.