Picture of Yangtze River Three Gorges

The Yangtze River Three Gorges were traditionally divided into three sections. The mountainous Upper Yangtze, the Middle Yangtze and the Lower Yangtze…

The Yangtze River Three Gorges were traditionally divided into three sections. The Yangtze flows through nine provinces and forms the eastern border of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The mountainous Upper Yangtze is the course from the headwaters in western Qinghai Province to the city of Yichang in Hubei Province. The Middle Yangtze flows through a flat plain from Yichang to Hukou in Jiangxi Province. The Lower Yangtze stretches from Hukou to the East China Sea. In the upper section, the Yangtze flows through deep gorges, becoming turbulent and dangerous. Beyond Chongqing, the Yangtze flows northeast through a mountainous area up to Wan Xian, where it turns east to drop steeply through three gorges. The first and the narrowest gorge, Qutang Xia, is 8 km (5 mi) long. The middle gorge, Wu Xia, is 40 km (25 mi) long and bounded by high cliffs. The last gorge, Xiling Xia, is the longest at 75 km (46 mi). The gorges, known collectively as San Xia (Three Gorges), are considered one of the most scenic stretches of the river…

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