A Chinese saying goes that wise people find joy in water while benevolent people find joy in mountains. If you are a benevolent man, check my previous post “China’s Top most beautiful mountains“; if you are a wise man, then you may take some interest in my today’s post “The Most Beautiful Rivers in China” when you planning your China tour.
There are numberous rivers in China, to choose and tag some of them the most beautiful is not easy, which has more or less some subjective elements in the selection. My selection only gives you some clues leading to your own decision to choose the most beautiful rivers in your heart either on your physical or mental trip to China with your heart and soul along the dream.
1.Yangtze River 长江 (China’s Pulse)
Location: Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third in the world, originated from Geladong Snow Peak of Tanggula Mountains on the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau with the length of 6397km, winding past Qinghai Province, Sichuan Province, Tibet, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai, entering the East Sea at Chongming County in Shanghai, dubbed as China’s Mother Rivers together with Yellow River.
Best Travel Time: May – October
Three Gorges & Dam Cruise is the highlight of the lifetime Yangtze River Cruise. Chongqing to Yichang route is by far the most travelled section of the Yangtze, winding through the Three Gorges and passing the namesake Dam.
See my Yangtze River Cruise Trip Report for the cruise information about the Three Gorges & Dam Cruise.
Yellow River is the cradle of Chinese civilization and the spiritual home of the Chinese people. For thousands of years, the Yellow River has been admired by grreat poets, artists, as well as by ordinary people. The Yellow River is the symbol of the Chinese nation, the spirit of the Chinese people and more importantly, civilization itself.
See my Yellow River Trip Report.
Best Travel Time: May – October Tidal bore of Qiantang River is naoted ad the world’s largest tidal bore, which is up to 10 metres high, and runs at up to 40 km per hour. The lower stream of Qiantang River is known as Fuchun River, 459 km long in Zhejiang Province. Qiantang River is an important commercial artery, it enters the East China Sea at Hangzhou.