The Great River of China, the Yangtze

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We have here an excellent view of the Yangtze (yäng´ st´) River. The towns here seen are the merest villages, but they show what the Chinese village look like, and also suggest the density of population in the fertile river valleys. You will observe that the houses are covered with tiles. The roof of one is decorated with a beautiful mosaic pattern, so that it looks more like a fine rug than a roof. The Yangtze rises in the eastern plateau of Tibet, where it is fed by the melting snows and glaciers of the Kuenlun (kwn´ ln´) Mountains. The upper stretches of the river are fully 15,000 feet above sea level. It rises not far from the head waters of the Hwang River. Not much is definitely known about the highland of Tibet, because travelers are not allowed to go where they please in that section. But Chinese travelers say that the head waters of the Yangtze and the Hwang are separated by only a single range of mountains. As the river flows eastward it descends rapidly. Part of the way the fall averages as much as 8 feet in a mile. Then this fall decreases to 6 feet and finally to 3 feet. From the great city of Hankow (hän´ k´) on to the ocean, the movement of the water is very slow. This makes the water practically a deep canal from Hankow to the Yellow Sea. During the summer, when its waters are deep, ships of a tonnage of 6,000, dock at Hankow. The Yangtze drains an area of 650,000 square miles; that is 3/4 the area of the United States east of the Mississippi. The river is 3,400 miles long. The Nile is 3,766 miles; the Congo, 3,000 miles; the Amazon, 3,800; and the Mississippi and Missouri, 4,200 miles long. Keystone ID: 14554 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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