Yangtze River

© 2002 Michel Gunther
©WWF Map of the Yangtze River Basin.

Map of the Yangtze River Basin.

The Basin

The Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world, flows more than 6,000 kilometers (4,000 miles) from southwest China’s Tibetan Plateau through the Shanghai Estuary into the East China Sea, roughly the distance from London, England, to New Delhi, India. Home to rich biodiversity and increasingly rare species, such as the giant panda, snow leopard and Yangtze River dolphin, the river basin is the lifeblood of China, providing water to over 400 million people.