Day 26: Upper Yangtze River

Having headed south towards the Yangtze, we visited the Three Rivers Source Monument – carved out of rock as a pair of hands which hold the cradle to Chinese civilisation (but also, according to our guide, so it sort of looks like a yak).

Unlike along the upper Yellow River, few nomadic people live along the upper banks of the Yangtze River, due to the different landscape. Higher river banks and consistent flows of water through mountain ranges in the area meant more stability and reliability of the flow of water in this area, meaning they were able to construct villages, dotted along the valleys. We traced the river along the car and documented the different conditions through which it flowed, as well as visiting one of the locations where traditional Tibetan Sky Burials take place.

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