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The Yangzi River and the Three Gorges
Bonavia, Judy.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition / revised by William Hurst and Eric N. Danielson.
Publication Information:
[Hong Kong] : Odyssey, [2002]

Physical Description:
212 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm.
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From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the Yellow Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese. 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's Long River.

Author Notes

Australian-born Judy Bonavia spent some 30 years in Asia, living in Vietnam, Hong Kong and China

Table of Contents

The River's Sourcep. 10
Getting Therep. 11
Facts for the Travellerp. 15
Climatep. 15
Clothingp. 16
Visasp. 16
Moneyp. 17
Communicationsp. 18
Local Timep. 18
Packing Checklistp. 18
Healthp. 19
The Yangzi River: An Introductionp. 21
Table of Distances Between Main Yangzi River Portsp. 22
The Upper Reaches: The Source to Yichangp. 23
Chongqingp. 30
Fulingp. 39
Fengdup. 39
Zhongxianp. 44
Shibaozhaip. 46
Wanxianp. 46
Yunyangp. 49
Fengjiep. 50
Baidi Chengp. 54
Qutang Gorgep. 55
Wushanp. 60
Wu Xiap. 66
Badongp. 69
Ziguip. 69
Xiling Gorgep. 72
The Middle Reaches: Yichang to Hukoup. 82
Yichangp. 83
Jingzhoup. 86
Shaship. 87
Wuhanp. 90
Qizhoup. 103
Jiujiangp. 104
The Lower Reaches: Hukou to the Yellow Seap. 115
Anqingp. 117
Wuhup. 119
Ma'anshanp. 121
Nanjingp. 122
Zhenjiangp. 144
Yangzhoup. 152
Nantongp. 158
Shanghaip. 159
Excursions from Shanghaip. 181
Practical Informationp. 186
Travel Agentsp. 186
Chongqingp. 188
Jiujiangp. 189
Lushanp. 190
Nanjingp. 190
Shanghaip. 192
Wuhanp. 197
Wuhup. 198
Yichangp. 198
Zhenjiangp. 198
Recommended Readingp. 202
Index of Placesp. 205
Special Topics
Boats Great and Smallp. 24
The Story of the Three Kingdomsp. 42
The Damp. 62
The Hankow Tea Racesp. 96
Old Man River: Chairman Mao and the Yangzip. 102
The Taiping Rebellionp. 112
The Grand Canalp. 146
River Ritesp. 160
Shanghai's History through its Namesp. 166
A Chronology of Periods in Chinese Historyp. 199
A Guide to Pronouncing Chinese Namesp. 200
Han Suyin on the bombing of Chongquingp. 35
W E Geil on how much for a life?p. 70
John Hersey on tracking through the rapidsp. 78
W S Percival on a Hankow floodp. 98
Paul Theroux on sailing the Yangzip. 154
Du Fu and Meng Jiao on the cool depthsp. 175
The Course of the Yangzip. 4
The Yangzi from Source to Yichangp. 32
Chongqingp. 40
Wanxianp. 47
The Yangzi Gorgesp. 58
The Yangzi from Yichang to the Yellow Seap. 85
Yichangp. 86
Wuhanp. 92
Jiujiangp. 107
Wuhup. 120
Nanjingp. 123
Zhenjiangp. 145
Yangzhoup. 153
Shanghaip. 162