People's Republic of China
June 25, 2010
My Dear Cruise Aficionados,
After the Nile and the Amazon, the Yangtze is the third longest river in the world.
The Yangtze or Chang Jiang is also the longest river in Asia. That really is saying something when you consider that the Yellow River #2 is 5464 km (3395 mi), the Mekong #3 is 4909 km (3035 mi), and the Indus #9 and Brahmaputra #10 are each 2909 km (1808 mi). Numbers 4-8 are rivers in Russia that run from south to north in Siberia and flow into the Arctic Ocean.
The Yangtze rises in the west from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau and empties into the East China Sea The river flows 6300 kilometers (3915 miles) while draining eleven provinces from Qinghai to Shanghai.