40 million years history of the life and 50,000years history of
human civilization, Yangtze River, a mother river of the Chinese
people,brings up billions of Huaxia people.
the Mississippi, the Niro and the Amason,Yangtze River is the largest
river in China,rising from Qinghai Highland at the height over 3,000metres,
running through Mt. Wu covering with frog, absorbing thousands of
rivers, travelling 6400km until it reach the Pacific. She passes
by mountains, gorges, hills, plains, with changing scenes on different
geographic shape. She lies on the mid-latitude area, the four seasons
are distinc-tive here. The huge flow reaches 97.935billion cubic
metres and ships can sail in the lower reaches all the year.
area is over 1.8 million km,being 19%of the total cultivatable land
in the country. Here, the weather is fitful, the products are plentiful,the
water resource and the total productive value of the industry and
the agriculture are 40%of the total respectively in the country,
bringing up about400million persons, 1/3of the population in China.
It was 100,000 years ago that the human beings have lived in the
Yangtze drainage area. Lantian Man, Changyang Man, Yunxian Man are
all the chinese remote ancestors. And the ancient human remains
and ruins of the Old and New stone Ages have been discovered everywhere
along the River nowaday. 7000 years ago, our ancestors were fishing,
cultivating,planting rices and bringing up descendants here. When
it was in civilzed society, varies of distinctive national features
were born here. Such as Jingchu Culture, Wu and Yue Cultrue,Bashu
Culture and several minority nationalities cultures. They are all
the priceless treasure in Chinese traditional cultures.
A place with
mountains and rivers is always thought to be a precious land.Water
is the reflection of the intelligence and the bearty. The liveing
life of the human beings can't being exits without water,the industry
and agriculture can't leave water away also. Before trains, airplanes
and automobiles were invited, the waterway afforded the facilities
on transport and the ship was the important traffic instrument.
The water can bring people intelligence and enlighten people soul.
Laozi and Zhuangchou got thoughts from mounitains and rivers, who
were both the citizens of the ancient Chu in South,de velopped Neo-confucianism
and Taoism respectively. Many literary works,poems,dances, musics
concerning to Yangtze River have been unique works of China and
even of the world. For eam-ple, "Flowing down the high mountain"by
Zhong Ziqi in the War Ages has become a world-famous classical melody
In the ancient
time, the people lived accommodating water that bearing the boat
is the same that swallows it ,Yangtze River benefits the human beings
while bring flood. Most flood were took place in Yangtze area in
the ancient time. On the other hand, the disasters have given Yangtze
pelple a lot of experience fighting against the flood and a national
characterstics showing a strong will of never giving up.
A fter the
human being entered into civilized society, wars,famines have taken
place here, aggressors have invaded here. Besides the remote an
cestor's remains and ruins, the buildings and the emperors'tombs
being remained for several thousands of years,the peaceful history
with the scenes of mature rice field extending thousands miles,
as well as sad scene of desolation and being full of hungry people
have shown up here.
Yangtze River from the birthplace in Qinghai to the entrance on
the Pacific in Shanghai,hundreds of large-and -medium -size vigorous
cities are the fastes developing areas in China. As well as unsophiticated
farmers with out-of-date production methods and transport instruments
there are also modern metropolises changing everyday. The new-borned
phenomena accompany with the conservation, the civilization exists
with the backwardness.
the great Mother River, is going on bringing up her people full
of hopes and energy. Yangtze River is the symbol of China opening
outsides . Chinese rapid development of economy is just like the
rippling waves of the River flowing foreward.
is a magic beautiful river,the Changing scense, unsophiticated characteristics,
like a painted corridor filled with historic legends,should give
you a marvelous experience.
Maybe you have
read a lot of book about China and Yangtze River, but remember the
saying"Hearing about fora handred times is far less than seeing
once." Everyone will esxperience different from others in fifferent
time and condition.