Chang Jiang is the longest river in China and the third globally after the Nile and Amazon. The river flows eastwards from its origins in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau through 10 provinces before entering the East China Sea by Shanghai. The drainage area is over 1.6 million km2 and includes 19% of arable land in China, making the river an important water source for irrigation.
Historically the river has played an important role economically and culturally. The largest hydro-electric dam in the world, the three gorges dam, spans the river at the town of Sandouping. Navigation is possible year round but in the gorges currents are notoriously difficult to manoeuvre.
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