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Yangtze River or Chang Jiang is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 miles) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the PRC's population.
Along with the Yellow River, the Yangtze is the most important river in the history, culture and economy of China.
Open Water Swimming
- The Yangtze River is location of the annual International Challenge of Swimming Across the Yangtze River open water swimming competition held in in Wuhan, China. It has also been called the Wuhan Challenge Race of Swiftly Crossing the Yangtze River and the International Wuhan Challenge Race of Swiftly Crossing the Yangtze River.
- Martin Strel (Slovenia) completed a 40-day 4,003 km (2,487-mile) stage swim along the Yangtze River in 2004.
- 72-year-old Mao Zedong crossed the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China reportedly swimming nearly 15 km in 65 minutes.