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China is one of the countries 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 the brilliant culture cultivated from the Yangtze River, Yellow River, etc. Among all the over thousands rivers, Yangtze River, Yellow River, Pearl River are the major three rivers in China. For your better understanding of major rivers in China and deeper known about the beautiful Yangtze River, we offer the updated China River Maps 2023 for your reference.

Major River Systems on the China Map

China Rivers Map
China Map of 7 Major River System

China has 7 major river systems, including the Yangtze River system, Yellow River system, Pearl River system, Huaihe River system (淮河水系), Haihe River system (海河水系), Liao River system (辽河水系) and Songhua River (松花江水系) system.

Yangtze River (长江) is the longest river in China and the whole Asia, with a total length of about 6,403km (3,978.63 miles). It flows from Tibet Plateau and runs through Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Huban, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu before emptying out into the East China Sea near Shanghai. The Yangtze region is widely considered as the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, with tons of ancient stories and plenty of ancient temples and pagodas to explore. Plus the spectacular landscapes with misty mountains, sheer gorges, lush forest, and, of course, the engineering marvel - Three Gorges Dam, it comes no surprise Yangtze has always been on the list of China travel. The best way to explore Yangtze River is by taking a luxury Yangtze River cruise ship, which won’t travel the entire Yangtze, but the most classic part with the most picturesque scenery and the most stunning historic relics. Such an amazing ship journey takes about 4~5 days. Find a Cruise now!

Tourist idea: Seldom travelers head to Yangtze River only, but combine with longer land tours in must-visit cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or the cities not far from the Yangtze River, like Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, etc. Besides, the boarding time of Yangtze River cruise comes after dinner and disembarking time is in the early morning, allowing visitors a whole day to explore the port cities like Chongqing and Yichang. Therefore, you are highly suggested to add these wonderful tourist destinations to your Yangtze trip! Check our popular Yangtze River + China Tours or customize your trip to get inspired now!

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Yellow River

Yellow River (黄河) as the 2nd largest in China and the 5th longest in the world is about 5464km in length. 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.

Pearl River

Pearl River (珠江) is the 2nd biggest river and the 3rd longest one in the whole China. Originated from 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. Boasting the plentiful water and multiple branches, Pearl River develops a advantageous navigation, which has brought great help to the nowadays prosperity of the economy of the Pearl River Delta Region, including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan, Shenzhen, etc. Check the Map of the Pearl River in China Map.


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Yellow river cruising
Can you cruise the yellow river like you can on the Yangtze?
Are there overnight or longer cruise packages?
2019-01-20 21:42
Hi Lucas,

Thanks for your question! I am sorry that we have no cruise available over the Yellow River. Yellow River is the largest sandy river in the world. For most part of the river doesn't have the Yangtze's size or depth for cruising. Besides, compared with the river scenery, this“mother river” in China is more famous for the historic and ancient attractions along it. If you are interested in the charming history of the Yellow River, you can pay a visit to the riverside cities like Lanzhou, Luoyang, Kaifeng, Zhengzhou, Yan'an, etc. or tell us directly about your interests. Our professional travel expert will help you sincerely customize a great tour for you!

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