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.


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!