A closer look at the Yangtze River, China

I’ve been researching some of the best rivers in the world lately, that would be good for kayaking. Kayaking and canoeing are two things that I used to love doing whilst growing up. Lately, since moving to Sevilla for the summer, I’ve been thinking of taking it back up again, and it’s got my mind racing for future trip ideas! Rowing down the Yangtze River in China, it seems, has captured my interest. Not least because it is the longest river in China, 3rd longest in the world, and would be a real challenge, but because during my research I really began to appreciate just how important the Yangtze River is to China.

The Yangtze drains one-fifth of China’s land area and its river basin is home to one-third of China’s population. The prosperous Yangtze River Delta generates as much as 20% of China’s GDP, and is both an important physical and cultural dividing line between North and South China. Chinese people living north of the river Yangtze speak varying dialects of Mandarin. South however, they speak native Sinitic languages that most Mandarin speakers can not understand. Realising just how important this river is, has made me want to kayak through it even more.

If canoeing or kayaking however is not your thing, and you are travelling to China or looking at China Tours, you may want to consider a Yangtze River cruise. It allows you to tour the river, but without the exersion of having to row it yourself! 🙂

Do you like to kayak or canoo as much as me? If so, where would your dream destination be?

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