Sand dunes along the Yellow River in China

Great rivers of the world – China’s Yellow River

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By Katy de Beer
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The Yellow River, or Huang He, is the second longest river in China stretching almost 5500km through nine provinces, making it the sixth longest river in the world. Its nickname, the ”Mother River”, is apt as these snaking waters have sustained Chinese civilizations since ancient times. There is an abundance of sights, sounds and smells to experience along the Yellow River’s course, from the thousand-year-old Xiaoji mountainside statues in Bingling, to the collection of impressive dams built to help control this vast and untamed waterway.

Hover over the map below to experience some of the river’s highlights.

Get inspiration and plan your trip using our China destination page and explore this vast and varied country using the Rough Guide to China