Archives For Rivers in China

It is difficult for most people, myself included, to grasp how large Beijing is. The population density is staggering to most of us, as there are about 22 million people living there and it is still growing! The population growth has led to a few unique problems, and today I wanted to share with you about one surprising situation.

I have heard it said that Beijing is sinking! I know that seems hard to believe, but I can’t imagine this report would be published if there wasn’t some data to reinforce it. So, here is the theory. With the constant growth of Beijing’s population, the need for more and more water is apparent. The belief is that, as more and more water is consumed from beneath Beijing, it is not being replaced by sources. With this void from missing water, the weight of Beijing is actually causing it to sink slightly (less than an inch) annually.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I can honestly say that I don’t recall ever seeing a raging stream near Beijing. I can, however, say I have seen several shallow streams like the ones represented in the photos.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I have heard of an enormous project planned to bring water from south of Beijing into the city. This plan will tap into the river system in the south, and route the water to Beijing. I have heard that canals would be dug, and I have heard that a pipeline with pumps would be used. This project may be in progress or already completed, but I am not sure.

The two photographs above were taken slightly outside Beijing, and the picture below was taken inside Beijing. The stream in the city has concrete walls to control the water and stop erosion. I think you will notice a difference in the water levels also.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I don’t know all that is involved with addressing this issue of sinking, or if it is something worthy of concern, but I do know that Beijing is an amazing city to visit!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit, please take advantage of it!

Shanghai: Huangpu River

September 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is a large river flowing through Shanghai called the Huangpu River.  This river divides Shanghai into two different areas.  To the east of the river is an area called Pudong and to the west of the river is Puxi.

The Huangpu River is 70 miles long. It was made by Lord Chunshen, one of the Four Lords of the Warring States, sometime between 475 BC and 221 BC.  It is approximately 1200 feet wide and 27 feet deep. The Suzhou Creek is the main tributary for it.

The Bund is a special area of Shanghai; the Huangpu River runs beside The Bund.  I was very impressed with all of the shipping that takes place along the river and by all of the different types of boats using the river.  The Huangpu River truly has a great view of Shanghai!

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One afternoon, I watched tug boats and barges make their way along the river. I wish I had been counting; there were so many of them!  Sometimes, you could see the cargo on the ships, but not always.  It was interesting to me to see wooden boats and metal boats all doing the same work.

There is so much history along the banks of the Huangpu River.  Just notice the different types of buildings. You can tell there are some great stories to know about the area.

Yangtze River

July 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

What an impressive body of water! I have only seen the Yangtze River just north of Shanghai, but it is very memorable if you have ever seen the river at this location. There is a HUGE bridge that spans the river and it seems like you will never reach the other end of the bridge once you are on it. You are also extremely high over the water of the Yangtze River, which provides an amazing view! You know right away that this river is no ordinary river. In fact, it is the longest river in Asia and the 3rd longest river in the world. It starts in the Qinghai region of China, where it is fed by glaciers. From there the mighty river moves eastward for nearly 4,000 miles and it helps commerce along the way. There are so many things to see as the river flows farther than you can see. In this area, there is significant shipping industry, storage facilities, and what looks to be an area where ships are built and maybe even repaired.

My apologies for the quality of the picture!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t lower the window of my bus.

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Yangtze2The width of the river in this area makes it appear to be a much larger body of water than a normal river.  I would be interested in knowing how many, if any, have successfully swam the width of the Yangtze River in this area near Shanghai.

The largest hydro-electric power plant in the world, the Three Gorges Dam, is on the Yangtze River.  It has become a very popular tourist trip to tour the river and see the dam!

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