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Yangtze River:Combining historical and modern China

China Travel Depot | Updated: 2013-06-24 15:03

Yangtze River:Combining historical and modern China

Chaotianmen Port. [Photo/Provided to]

The Yangtze River has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long.

Throughout the history of China, this river has played a crucial role in the lives of the people who call the shores of the Yangtze home. Not only has this river given life sustaining water and a means of irrigation to the people who call it home, but it has also been used as a means of shipping goods and people from west to east.

The Yangtze has more than just a historical significance; it's an important part of modern China as well.

Whether you are a person who is interested in the history of China or you want to see the more modern wonders such as the Three Gorges Dam, there is more than enough to keep you occupied when visiting the Yangtze River. When it comes to history, in many ways the history of the Yangtze River is the history of China.

While many people look to the Great Wall of China as a source for understanding the history of China, the fact is the Yangtze River has played a much more vital role in the past of the Chinese people. When you journey along this river, you will have the chance to visit ancient battlefields, inspiring monasteries and more. If you enjoy learning a nation's history, you will not be disappointed with what a trip along the Yangtze will yield.

Yangtze River:Combining historical and modern China

Three Gorges Dam.[Photo/Provided to]

If you are not one for history, do not worry, there is plenty of the modern world to see along the Yangtze as well. One of the world's largest hydroelectric dams spans the Yangtze River. This dam, called Three Gorges Dam, is a breathtaking example of the will and strength of the Chinese people. This massive structure dominates the surrounding region and is considered by many to be one of the modern wonders of the world. This dam is used to put out more electrical power than any other damn in the world and is truly beyond description. However, not only is the Three Gorges Dam part of the Yangtze River, but the modern city of Shanghai is part of a Yangtze journey as well.

Along with historical and modern attractions, the Yangtze River offers stunning natural vistas for visitors to feast their eyes on. Because the Yangtze runs west to east, it literally cuts China in half, giving people a unique opportunity to view the geographic wonders of China. Places such as Qutang Gorge and Three Little Gorges offer visitors a chance to see the land of China at its most beautiful. The picturesque locations will inspire the soul and truly give people an understanding of so much of what the Chinese people hold dear.Your journey along the Yangtze will be an amazing one and perhaps be one of the most significant experiences in your life. This river is not only the lifeblood of China, but also a way to see this world in a way that will give you a true understanding of China and its people.

Yangtze River:Combining historical and modern China

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