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Rivers at the heart of China

By Bruce Connolly | | Updated: 2019-05-31 07:24
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Yarlung-Tsangpo Tibet 2000 [Photo by Bruce Connolly/]

Rivers, over time, have acted as inspirational forces for artists, writers, poets, musicians, travelers and more recently, of course, photographers. In a recent feature, on Shanxi, I reflected on the im-portance of the Yellow River down through China’s long history. I am writing this piece in Tianjin, a city to which I am attracted partly because of its river, the Haihe or “sea river”, for this historically represented the connection between the sea and the Grand Canal.

A river can act as a focal point that adds attraction to a city, just as the Huangpu does with Shanghai. As I look today at the Haihe, its calmness now only broken by a few pleasure boats compared to its earlier bustling maritime days, I think back to my earlier life in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow and its river, the Clyde.

It is said that “Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow”. A former salmon river that was straightened and deepened. During the 19th and into the 20th century it became a major centre for shipbuilding, engineering and trade, transforming Glasgow into one of Britain’s major cities. As a boy, I was always fascinated with that river as boats would come from countries far and wide across the globe. International travel then was just a dream for many of us. However, although there were songs about the Clyde flowing from the hills to the sea I knew little of the complexity of rivers until I went on to study geography in two of my city’s leading universities.

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