Being the third biggest country in the world, China boasts a vast net of rich rivers and waters. Among them, there are seven major rivers in this country, including the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Pearl River, the Huaihe River, the Haihe River, the Songhuajiang River and the Liaohe River.
No. 1: Yangtse River
Yangtze River, also called the Changjiang River（长江）, is the third longest river in the world, ranking after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon River in South American. It is 6397 kilometers long, and the longest and biggest river in Asia.
The Yangtze River rises in Tanggula Mountain in Tibetan Plateau and flows through 9 provinces and 2 municipality cities, and the key cities along the Yangtze River include Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu. The Yangtze River together with the Yellow River, is known as “Mother River” in China.
There are a lot of famous attractions along the Yangtze River such as Fengdu Ghost City, the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam Site. Joining a Yangtze River Cruise is a popular and worthy activity, which can offer visitors a magnificent and unforgettable journey on the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River cruises run between Chongqing and Yichang in Hubei Province, a journey which covers the essence of the Yangtze River.
No.2: Yellow River
Yellow River, known as Huanghe（黄河）in Chinese, is the mother river by all the Chinese people.With 5,464 kilometers ,Yellow River is the second longest river in China after the Yangtze River . The headwaters of this mighty river lie in Kunlun Mountains in northwestern Qinghai Province. It runs through nine provinces and autonomous regions on its way to the Bohai Sea.
Rich cultural relics, history and gorgeous natural sceneries make the Yellow River a fine place to visit. Along the river, there are dozens of worthwhile attractions. They are stretching arms and waiting for your visiting!
No.3: Zhujiang River
Pearl River,known as "Zhujiang 珠江 ” in Chinese， with a total length of 2400 km, is the third longest rivers in Chinese territory. It has tributaries including the East River, the West River and the North River, and is one of seven major rivers in China. The 409,480-square-kilometre Pearl River Basin drains the majority of Liangguang (Guangdong and Guangxi provinces), as well as parts of Yunnan, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi in China; it also drains northern parts of Vietnam's Northeast Cao Bằng and Lạng Sơn provinces.
Travelers can enjoy beautiful scenery in the evening along the Pear River, a journey which can be compared with the night in Hong Kong. The essence of Night Cruise along the Pearl River covers the waterway between White Goose Pool and Guangzhou Bridge.
No.4: Huaihe River
The Huaihe River rises in Taibaishan Mountain, flows through Henan, Anhui and Jiangsu Provinces, and merges into the Yangtze River at Sanjiangying. The river is famous for its difficult management. It is divided into 3 parts, and the total drop is about 200 meters. The Huaihe River and Qinling Mountain form the geographical boundaries of the North and the South in China.
No.5: Songhuajiang River
Songhuajiang River is called as the “Mother River” in the Northeast of China. The River is originated in Tianchi (The Heavenly Lake) in Changbaishan Mountain. Owned many tributaries, it is known as the “Milky Way” in Manchu language.The river is over 1840 kilometers long and its drainage areas is about 545,000 square kilometers. There are beautiful attractions along the river such as the famous Songhuajing River Rime.The best time to witness the beautiful scenery is from Dec.20 to February in next year.
No.6: Heilongjiang River
Helongjiang River is an international river running through China and Russia. Known as Amur, it passes the Northeast of China and joins the Okhotsk Sea. The Heilongjiang River gets its name because it meanders as a black dragon. The whole river is 4,370 kilometers long, and is the No.11 biggest river around the world. The river not only makes people in Heilongjiang Province benefit, but also provides beautiful attractions along the river.
No.7: Brahmaputra River
The Brahmaputra River rises in the Himalayas in the Tibet Autonomous Region, and is the highest-altitude river in the world. Its entire length is 2840 kilometers and most parts of the river are in China. The Brahmaputra River in Tibet Language means that the snow comes from a high mountain. It is loved as a “cradle” and “Mother River” by Tibetan people. The Grand Brahmaputra Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the World.
No.8: Jinsha River
The upper reaches of the Yangtze River is called the Jinsha River which merges into Hengduan Mountains and links with the Min River. The Jinsha River is about 2316 kilometers long and the section around the Hengduan Mountains flows torrential. The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world, is a famous attraction on the Jinsha River. Hiking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of top hiking tourism lines in China.
No.9: Lancang River
Lancang River starts from the Tibetan Plateau, passes through Simao and Xishuangbanna in China. The lower reaches are known as the Mekong River out of China. With a total length of 4880 km, the river runs through Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and mingles in the South China Sea. Called as “the Oriental Danube”, the Lancang River offers an international waterway tour route in China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
No.10: Nujiang River
Nujiang River, one of big rivers in the Southwest China, rises in Tanggula Mountains in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The upstream is called “Nagqu River” in Tibetan Language and the section in Myanmar is renamed the Salween River. With a total length of 3240 kilometers, the part flowing through in China is about 2013 km. Travelers can explore regional minorities’ culture and custom in Yunnan such as Lisu people (傈僳族) along the Nujiang River.
Jinsha River, Lancang River and Lu River rise in Dajiang of Tibetan Plateau and flow together for over 170 kilometers in Yunnan Province, which forms a magnificent and irreplaceable attraction in China. Travelers can view strange scenery that Water in three rivers doesn’t mix with each other.