China is a big country having the largest number of rivers in the world. Due to the particularly old and great rivers, China is one of the 4 great civilizational ancient countries with a brilliant culture cultivated from the Yangtze River, Yellow River, etc. According to statistics, the River Map of China features more than 50,000 rivers have drainage areas that exceed 100 square kilometers; more than 1,500 exceed 1,000 square kilometers. Most rivers flow from the high plateau of western China to the lower easter China.
Among all the thousands of rivers, the Yangtze River, Yellow River, Pearl River are the major three rivers in China River Map. The Yangtze and Yellow rivers are famous not only in China but also around the world. These rivers provided the framework for agricultural development and population growth throughout China’s history. Another river, the Heilong Jiang (known also as the Amur River, its Russian name) marks the border between China and Russia.
10 Most Famous Rivers in China
- Yangtze River (6,300km)
- Yellow River (5,464km)
- Pearl River (2,200km)
- Songhuajiang River (1,927km)
- Heilongjiang River (4,370km)
- Yarlung Zangbo River (2,900km)
- Nujiang River (2,816km)
- Lancangjiang River (2,354km)
- Hanjiang River (1,532 km)
- Liaohe River (1,394km)
Yangtze River is the longest and most beautiful river in China and the whole of Asia. It has a total length of about 6,403km (3,978.63 miles). It is known for having the world’s largest dam. The river also has a great chance to discover the charm of the central part of China and savor the natural sceneries, culture, and history.
The Yellow River, with a total length of 5,464 kilometers. It is the second-longest river in China. The Yellow River is the birthplace of ancient Chinese culture and the cradle of Chinese Civilization. Running through Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, and Shandong, it is one of the two mother rivers in China and the major original of Chinese civilization in the northern China region.
The Zhujiang (the Pearl River) is the third-longest river in China (2,200 km, after the Yangtze River and the Yellow River), and the second-largest by volume (after the Yangtze). It is the largest river in south China. Originated from the Maxiong Mountain of Wumeng Mountain system at Yunnan Guizhou Plateau, it now concludes Xijiang River, Dongjiang River, Beijing River, and all rivers at the Pearl River Delta Region.