The Yangtze River has good advantage to be the most interesting and popular river in the world. It has the widest variety of exceptional tourist attractions, landscape and culture in its entire length, all within China, and holds several world records.
The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world, but the longest river in the same country. It has the largest source of any of the world’s major rivers at more than 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, on the border of Qinghai Province and Nagqu prefecture, Tibet. in Tibet. (The Zangpo Yalung, from Ngari, Tibet, Tibet flows into the Brahmaputra of Nyingchi Prefecture is a close rival.) However, “Everest of the rivers” is less accessible than the source of the Yangtze, which has the largest world railway, the Qinghai-Tibet railway, passing only 100 km (60 miles) from the source.)
The gorges of the Yangtze are revealed in the course of the river. Tiger Canyon Jumping, in the Upper Course, is the deepest canyon in the world, with towering mountains of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above it and steep 2,000 m (6,600 feet) of cliffs on either side. The Three Gorges in the Middle Course are incredibly beautiful, with relaxing cruises and very expensive gorges to be explored. The largest dam and hydroelectric power station in the world is the Three Gorges Dam.
The Yangtze River is rich in landscapes and culture. The arid roof of the world (the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau), with its Tibetan culture is the source of the Yangtze. Green mountains and rugged gorges form the territories of the Lisu minority and the Naxi in Upper Course. Sichuan, Chongqing and Hubei in Middle Course has a relaxed pace of life and spicy food. The Three Gorges can be found there.
In Lower Course there is a mixture of history and modernity, with water cities with ancient charm (Zhouzhuang, Wuzhen, Xitang and Tongli), the imperial gardens of Hangzhou and Suzhou and ancient capital of Nanjing in contrast to the skyscrapers and flourishing trade of Shanghai. “Strange” of China and “more spectacular” mountain, Huangshan, is a short distance from the Yangtze River in Anhui Province. See List of Yangtze attractions.