St.Lawrence River and Yangtze River

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Yangtze River is to China is as St. Lawrence River is to Canada in terms of history, economy, geography, transportation, sightseeing and river cruising.

Saint Lawrence River river runs through Quebec and Ontario, the two provinces in Canada, linking the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It also forms part of the international boundary between Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States.

St. Lawrence River is one of the largest estuaries in the world with a total length of 3,058 kilometres from the farthest headwater to the mouth and 1,197 km from the outflow of Lake Ontario, which is often regarded as St.Lawrence River itself.

Named after St.Lawrence River, Saint Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels that allows ocean-going ships to traverse from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, as far inland as the western end of Lake Superior. The Seaway extends from Montreal, Quebec, to Lake Erie, and includes the Welland Canal. The seaway was opened in 1959 and it costed C$470 million, $336.2 million of which was paid by the Canadian government and rest by the American government. St. Lawrence Seaway is a great human project. The seaway works started in 1854 and completed in 1959 with a construction span of 5 years involving 22,0000 construction workers. The 6,5000 local residents living along the St.Lawrence River were relocated to make way fort the building of the cement roads, tunnels and bridges. Now Saint Lawrence Seaway is the largest water passage with a lock system.

St. Lawrence River is one of the most important destination for river cruising in the world.  Cruise the Saint Lawrence offers a unique, unforgettable Saint Lawrence cruising experience. Cruise the Saint Lawrence operate the 9 ports of call on the Saint Lawrence.
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines’ Canadian Empress offers warm-weather cruises along the St. Lawrence Seaway, which skirts the borders between New England and Canada.

Yangtze River in China is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. It traverses for 6,418 kilometers from its headwater glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward running southwest, central and eastern China before entering the East China Sea at Shanghai.  The Yangtze drainage takes one-fifth of the land area in China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the China’s population.

The Yangtze river is normally divided into three parts. The first part is the upstream area from the origin to Yichang, Hubei province; the second part is the midstream area from Yichang to Jiujiang, Jiangxi province; the third part is the downstream area from Jiujiang to the East China Sea. Yangtze River cruise usually refers to the cruise through the Three Gorges that are located between Chongqing and Yichang in the upstream area. The Three Gorges are Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, which are the most beautiful part of the Yangtze River.

The Yangtze drainage takes one-fifth of the land area in China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the China’s population. The Three Gorges Dam project has been Chinas greatest project since the construction of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydropower station and dam in the world. The Construction started in 1994 and was finished im 2009.

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. Typical Yangtze River cruises are paired with land tours, as well.Viking River and Victoria Cruises are the main cruise operators on the Yangtze River. If you plan your China trip, Yangtze River Cruise is highly recommended.

St.Lawrence River seen from the upper town of Quebec City

St.Lawrence River seen from the upper town of Quebec City

St.Lawrence River seen from the upper town of Quebec City

 

Saint Lawrence River seen from the old town of Montreal

Saint Lawrence River seen from the old town of Montreal

Saint Lawrence River seen from the old town of Montreal

Saint Lawrence River seen from Nun’s Island in Montreal

Saint Lawrence River seen from Nun's Island in Montreal

Saint Lawrence River seen from Nun’s Island in Montreal

Cruising on St.Lawrence River

Cruising on St. Lawrence River

Cruising on St. Lawrence River

Victoria Cruises are the main cruise operators on the Yangtze River

Victoria Cruises are the main cruise operators on the Yangtze River.

Victoria Cruises are the main cruise operators on the Yangtze River.

 

Passing Qutang Gorge,  one of the three gorges on Yangtze River

Passing Qutang Gorge, one of the three gorges on Yangtze River

Passing Qutang Gorge, one of the three gorges on Yangtze River

 

Sunset over Yangtze River

Sunset over Yangtze River

Sunset over Yangtze River

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