[img_assist|nid=75|title=Great Bend of the Yangtze|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=150]The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, and is the lifeblood of China, known in Chinese as the “mother river” or simply the “long river” (Changjiang). It originates in China’s Qinghai province and is 6300 km long. There are currently three dams on the Yangtze River, Gezhouba Dam, the Three Gorges Dam, and Xiluodu Dam. Dozens of other hydropower dams are already approved for the upper and middle reaches of the river. China Rivers Project joins the effort to protect China’s great river and its history, culture, and ecology by demonstrating that if these sections of river are protected, they can be enjoyed for generations to come.