What is the longest river in Asia?
The Yangtze, which is 6,300 kilometres long, is the longest river in Asia.
The source of the Yangtze is in the Tibetan Plateau, and it flows into the East China Sea, at Shanghai. It is also the largest river in China, where it flows through 8 provinces (Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan), the municipalities of Chongqing and Shanghai, and the Tibet autonomous region.
The Yangtze is the third longest river in the world after the Amazon and the Nile.
Its drainage basin has a surface area of 1,800,000 square kilometres. The Three Gorges Dam, the largest infrastructure of this kind in the world, and its hydropower plant, also the largest in the world, are located on the Yangtze.
The river is also known as the Yangzi o Yangtze Kiang, meaning 'long river' in Tibetan. The name likely comes from the ancient ferry crossing of Yangzi Jin, which means Yangzi crossing.
The Yangtze is historically, culturally and economically very important for China.