The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world and the longest in China. It rises in Qinghai Province north of Tibet and flows for 6,300 kilometres through nine provinces. As well as supplying rural China, it flows through several important industrial centres before emptying into the East China Sea near Shanghai. A three day river journey on the Yangtze between Chongqing and Yichang is one of the great travel experiences in China. This section meanders through the mountains between Sichuan and Hubei provinces, forming the famous Three Gorges where towering vertical cliffs on both sides of the river rise up to the clouds above. The boats will pass through the spectacular scenery of the Qutang Gorge (8km long), Wu Gorge (45km long) and Xiling Gorge (a series of smaller gorges along 78km) before descending through five locks of the Yangtze Dam, one of the great engineering projects of the world, and onto Yichang. Some trips will also take a detour to visit the narrower Three Little Gorges along the Daning River tributary.
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