The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across Yunnan province in southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai.When you travel to Yunnan province,you will see the First Bend of the Yangtze River is located on the north side of the highway leading from Dali to Lijiang, about 70 km. from lijiang Town. The upper reaches of the Yangtze River is named the Jinsha River, which originates from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Jinsha River flowed southward along the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was forced to the turn to north because of the Alpine movements which caused changes in the earth's physiognomy. When the river reaches Shigu Township, it makes an abrupt turn and flows further northward, forming the rare V-shape bend where the river turns 270 degrees.
After the bend, the Jinsha River flows for 20 kilometres, flows into the deepest gorge which was named Tiger Leaping Gorge,because it is so narrow, a tiger could leap to the other side. The gorge is, 16 km long, 3,900 meters deep.the river drops 213 meters in the gorge.On the both sides of the gorge are Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain.It is a amazing and beautiful gorge in the world.