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Yangtze River is the largest river in China and the third largest river on the planet. It has significance in terms of heritage for the Chinese because many historical events took place on this river.
See the fact file below for more information on the Yangtze or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Yangtze worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Etymology and Background
- The name of the river originated from the Chinese word Cháng Jiāng meaning “Long River”. The river is approximately 3,900 km in length and is considered to be one of the most active waterways on earth.
- In the ancient times, this river acted as a divider between Northern and Southern China. Because of this split, it assisted the beginnings of the different civilizations in China.
- It was also significant in terms of the economic development of China as it became a starting point for merchant trading in ancient times.
- There is proof that there were humans who resided on the Yangtze River banks dating back to approximately 27,000 years ago.
- The passage of the Yangtze River covers a lot of cities namely Anging, Chongqing, Jingzhou, Jiujiang, Nanjing, Nantong, Shanghai, Tongling, Wanzhou, Wuhan, Wuhu, Yichang, and Zhenjiang.
- Big vessels have the capacity to sail 1000 miles up the river and a much further distance is possible for smaller vessels.
- When the Yangtze River became visible on maps created by the English people it was called Quian, and Quiansui.
- Grain products are produced in the basin of Yangtze River. It is said that 70 percent of China’s rice is produced in that region and the remaining percent are for the other crops that are grown there.
- It became a major path for the Chinese and foreigners to get to the mainland.
- In September 1957, the first bridge was built. It was originally planned to connect the three cities of Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang.
- The primary uses of this river are for transportation, hygienic purposes, and water consumption such as drinking and for food preparation.
- Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest dam which can be found on Yangtze River. It was finished on July 4, 2012. The purpose of it is to control floods, provide better irrigation to the area, and most importantly, to become a source of electricity.
- The valleys in which the Yangtze River is located experiences a lot of floods. However, the river dykes were a big help for the people living in the area to endure the floods.
- Devastating floods occurred in 1931, 1935, 1954, and 1998, all of which killed thousands of people and were considered to be the highest record holder in terms of casualties that have been recorded in the history of water disasters.
- The measurement of the watershed of the Yangtze River is a whopping 695,000 square miles.
- Marco Polo, a well-known explorer, is the one responsible for giving the Yangtze River it name on English maps. On there maps, it was called Quian or Quiansui.
- There are several names attributed to the Yangtze River by the locals, such as Dangqu River, Jing Jiang, Jinsha, Sichuan, Tongtian, Wan Jiang, and Yangzi Jiang.
- Nowadays, pollution is a major problem that the Yangtze River is facing. Particles of dead organisms, non-biodegradable waste, and oil spills are present in the river.
- 23.4 billion tons of waste was found in the Yangtze River in the 2001, which is really alarming.
- The Yangtze River is also considered to have the biggest supply of hydro-electricity on the planet.
- There is a historical record that in the year 1342, there was a drought that completely dried the waters of Yangtze River, so much so that the bed of the river were visible. Records said that it happened in the area of the Province of Jiangsu.
- Before, when there are still no bridges constructed in the Yangtze River, people used to cross to the other side of the river using boats.
- Today, the Yangtze River has more than 50 bridges which were all built after the year of 1955.
- There are a lot of species that are being endangered in the Yangtze River such as the Chinese Alligator, Chinese Paddlefish, and Finless Porpoise. This is because of the tremendous pollution of the river.
- There is a significant amount of landmass of China which is made up of Yangtze River’s basin it is said that it covers 20 percent of the country’s landmass.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Yangtze across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Yangtze worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Yangtze River which is the largest river in China and the third largest river on the planet. It has significance in terms of heritage for the Chinese because many historical events took place on this river.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Yangtze Facts
- Did you know that?
- Test your Memory
- Knowledge Circle
- Spot the Words
- All About Events
- Fill in the Gaps!
- Match the Facts
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