Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rock cut architecture

The Kashgar is a river in the Xinjiang province of the . It has its sources in the eastern parts of the Pamir Mountains, in the border area between China and Tajikistan, and then flows eastwards, passing through the city of Kashgar, which gets its name from the river. The river then flows into the northwestern parts of the Taklamakan desert, to its confluence with the Yarkand River.

Mogao Caves

The Jiulong River or Jiulong Jiang is the largest river in southern Fujian, and the second largest in Fujian, China. With a length of 258km and a basin of 14,700km?, its origin is within the of Longyan. It flows into the Taiwan Strait.

Maijishan Grottoes

Jinsha River is the westernmost of the major headwater streams of the Yangtze River, southwestern China.

Its headwaters rise in the Wulan and Kekexili ranges in western Qinghai province, to the south of the Kunlun Mountains, and on the northern slope of the Tanggula Mountains on the border of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The three principal headwaters — the Chumaer, Muluwusu, and Akedamu rivers — join to form the Tongtian River, which flows southeast to Zhimenda near the frontier between Qinghai and Sichuan provinces.

As the Jinsha River, it then flows south through a deep gorge parallel to the similar gorges of the upper Mekong and upper Salween rivers, from which it is separated by the Ningjing Mountains.

It forms the western border of Sichuan for some 250 miles and then flows into Yunnan province.

After a large, 200 miles long loop to the north of Dali Baizu Autonomous Prefecture, the Jinsha swings northeast, forming the Sichuan-Yunnan provincial boundary until it joins the Min River at Yibin in Sichuan to form the Yangtze.

The upper course of the river falls about 14 feet per mile .

Below Batang the gradient gradually decreases to about 8 feet per mile , but the Jinsha is unnavigable and in its upper course, through the gorges, is more of an obstacle than an aid to transportation.

Kizil Caves

The Jin River is a river of Sichuan, China. It flows through the provincial capital of Chengdu.

The river has a history of serious pollution which in the past has led to the river choking and flooding. The Anshun Bridge in Chengdu was once destroyed in the 1980s during a period of flooding and was only rebuilt in 2003, after the Chengdu Municipal People's Government undertook an extensive river-cleaning project in 1997. The Municipal People's Government was awarded a prize for improving the environment of the river, from the United Nations.


The Luan River is a river in China. It flows northwards from its source in the province of Hebei into the province of Inner Mongolia, and then flows southeast back into Hebei to its mouth on the Bohai Sea. Its length is about 600 km. One subsidiary of the Luan River is the Yixun He, which runs through Hebei.

The largest city on the course of the river is Chengde.

Xianren Cave

Lishui River is a river in Hunan province of China, one of the Yangtze River's four largest in the province.

Lishui has three origination places, the norh, the middle and the south. The north one is the most important place, origination from Shanmujie of Sangzhi county in Zhangjiajie. The middle one, origination from the east side of the Badagongshan Mountain in Sangzhi and the south place, origination from Longjiazhai of Yongshun County in . The three originations join the main river in Nancha of , then runs east.

It flows into the Dongting Lake at Xiaodukou in . Its total length is 388 kilometres.

Cities along the river include

* Zhangjiajie
* Jishou
* Shimen
* Lixian
* Changde

Tianyuan Cave

The Liao He is the principal river in southern Manchuria . The province of Liaoning and the Liaodong Peninsula derive their name from the river.

The Liao He originates as two stems in the west: the Laoha He in southeastern Inner Mongolia, the Xinkai He further north, and the Hulin He in the extreme northwest of Liaoning. The eastern stem of the river is known as the Dongliao He and rises in low mountains in central Liaoning. The two stems of the river meet near the junction of Liaoning, Jilin and Inner Mongolia and flow across a vast plain to the Bohai Gulf. There are two major tributaries of the river received on this plain: the and the Taizi He, both of which flow down from the range.

Several major cities are located on the Hun He , including the provincial capital, Shenyang and Fushun. Anshan is located in the far southeast of the basin, and Yingkou near the mouth.

The Liao He drains an area of over 232,000 square kilometres, but its mean discharge is quite small at only about 500 cubic metres per second - about one-twentieth that of the .

Like the Huang He, the Liao He has an exceedingly high sediment load because many parts of it flow through powdery loess.