- the longest river in China, rising in SE Qinghai province and flowing east to the
East China Sea near Shanghai: a major commercial waterway in one of the most densely
populated areas of the world. The Three Gorges dam near Yichang, the world's biggest hydroelectric and flood-control project, was begun
in 1994 and the dam was completed in 2003, with filling taking several years thereafter.
Length: 5528 km (3434 miles) Also: Yangtze Kiang, Chang Jiang, Chang