The Yangzi River: The Yangtze and the Three Gorges

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From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the East China Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese people. They refer to it simply as Changjiang, or Long River. Stretching for nearly 4,000 miles, the Yangzi is China's main artery, supporting a third of its people; it also serves as the country's primary commercial waterway.This detailed guide to the river and its scenery and environs includes practical ...
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Overview

From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the East China Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese people. They refer to it simply as Changjiang, or Long River. Stretching for nearly 4,000 miles, the Yangzi is China's main artery, supporting a third of its people; it also serves as the country's primary commercial waterway.This detailed guide to the river and its scenery and environs includes practical information about sights and accommodation. Illustrated by exceptional color photography and informative maps and plans, it is an essential companion for anyone with an interest in China. There is also a selection of literary excerpts, from authors such as Paul Theroux and Han Suyin, to enrich the reader's understanding of China's Long River.
• Seventh edition
• The only guidebook to the Yangzi River currently available
• Detailed guide to the river and its environs
• Extensively illustrated with 76 color photographs, supplemented by 14 maps and plans
• Literary excerpts
• Chapters on Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai
• Explains the geological development of the Yangzi River Basin, especially the famous Three Gorges and the important Yangzi Delta
• Including: The Three Gorges Dam

Author Biography: Judy Bonavia was born in Perth, Western Australia. She spent some 30 years in Asia, living in Vietnam, Hong Kong and China where she traveled extensively. Fluent in written and spoken Mandarin, she also wrote the Odyssey Illustrated Guide to the Silk Road. During the 1990s she spent some years in Argentina studying Andean culture while continuing to work on a book about the minority peoples of China. She is now resident in France. Captain Richard Perry Hayman has traveled in the Three Gorges region since 1981, when he first took passage on an old "East is Red" steamer packed with peasants and soldiers upriver through the then pristine Gorges. Hayman's grandfather lived in Chongqing during World War II as advisor to the Chinese Army and later regaled his grandson with tales of those dramatic times. As Director of Operations for Victoria Cruises, Hayman was instrumental in establishing the premier cruise fleet on the Yangzi, with sailings from Chongqing, Wuhan and Shanghai. Hayman has hiked the length of the Gorges and led expeditions into the Shennongjia region. He has advised various magazine and film projects, including International Wildlife, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789622177338
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.24 (d)

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