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|Aug 3, 2011

Huang He River in China - The Cradle of Chinese Civilization

Huanghe River (c) Renato Ganoza

Are you getting curious on how the culture of Chinese people works? Or perhaps, wondering how they manage to bring up their country as one of the most powerful country today? Unknowingly, the earliest civiliation in China settled on the banks of Huang he. Since then, people in China seen Huang he river as the source of life and death. Huang he is the sixth longest river in the world, its source is in majestic Kunlun mountains in the Western China and empties in the Bohai sea. By the river itself, you will be captivated by the unique culture of Chinese people, from their long history of dramatic diversions and massive floods to its changed course to become the most prosperous region in early Chinese history.

As the most heavily silt-laden river in the world, Huang he or the Yellow river got its name from the muddiness of its water which carries an enormous quantities of yellow sediment silts. A blog author states that The Yellow River is the second largest river in China, after the Yantze River. Although It is called "The Cradle of Chinese Civilization," devastating floods occur regularly, due to the elevated river bed. The reason the the river gets its name, is because of the yellow silt that flows through the water. The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam the spans to the Yantze River. It is the worlds largest electricity plant of any kind. Even though it is the largest electricity plant, it releases Greenhouse gases, and dust into the air and water, causing pollution.

Huanghe River (c) Renato Ganoza

The river is frequently associated to a dragon for Chinese people, aside for its winding course, it is also due to its uncontrollable nature and behavior, from being benign - which provides irrigation in some areas- to being malevolen, which causes floods and devastations at times. According to Wikitravel, The Yellow River (Huang He) is one of China's great rivers and a historic transport route. It is not as important a tourist route as the Yangtze further south, but might be of interest to some. The Yellow River is not tame. Only parts of it are navigable; other sections have quite a rapid current. Over the centuries the river has changed its course several times; the last change in 1853 moved the mouth the length of Shandong province; before then, it was well South of Qingdao. It has had many disastrous floods; irrigation and flood control projects have been going on in the area for several thousand years and have never achieved complete success.

Up until now, Huang he river has been a bringer of commerce in China and tourism with its cruises being offered. You can view stunning cave temples, museums, that acts as China's primer sights and other sightings which defines the China's modern history. According to Wikipedia, The Yellow River or Huang He / Hwang Ho (simplified Chinese黄河traditional Chinese黃河pinyinHuáng MongolianHatan Gol,Queen river) is the second-longest river in China (after the Yangtze River) and the sixth-longest in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 kilometers (3,395 mi). Originating in the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai Province in western China, it flows through nine provinces of China and empties into the Bohai Sea. The Yellow River basin has an east-west extent of 1900 km (1,180 mi) and a north-south extent of 1100 km (684 mi). Total basin area is 742,443 km² (290,520 mi²).

Directions

Wikitravel will perfectly guide you to Huanghe River in China.

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By plane

The airport is about 30 km outside of town.

An airport shuttle bus leaves from Zhengzhou Hotel, centrally located and costs 15.

A public bus runs from the airport to the Aviation Hotel (民航酒店 mín háng jiǔ diàn) on Jin Shui Road (金水路 jīn shuǐ lù). It costs 25.

Taxis to the airport will cost around 120-140 Yuan. While the distance implies it should only be 60 yuan, you're charged for the round trip driving. Unfortunately, bartering seldom helps as locals pay this price as well.

By train

Zhengzhou is China's biggest train hub; you can get here from nearly every major metropolitian area in China. There are several arrivals each day from Beijing (about 11 hours), Guangzhou (about 18 hours), Xi'an (about 5 hours, or 2 hours by high-speed rail) and Shanghai (about 14 hours). Trains arrive from other places less often. The Hanoi to Beijing train also stops here.

By bus

Across from the train station, you will find a long-distance bus station. Buses arrive regularly from almost anywhere in Henan province. Buses may be less comfortable than the trains, but are cheaper and you do not have to push and shove your way in and out of the train. You are guaranteed a seat but sometimes buses wait to fill up, rather than leaving at a set time, and be aware that long-distance buses may be sleepers rather than seated if the trip is very long.

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