The Chang Jiang River, or Yangtze River, is 6,380 kilometers long making it the longest river in China and Asia and the third longest in the world. It is a cradle of the ancient Chinese people. The Chang Jiang is a major transport route and provides water for a large agricultural area. On the river is the Three Gorges Dam, a hydroelectric dam that purposes to control flooding. In 1998, the Chang Jiang flooded killing 3,000 people and destroying 5 million homes. This flood happened 3 years after the Three Gorges Dam was built.


Beijing is the Forbidden City, home to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City is the largest palace complex in the world. In 2008, Beijing held the Olympic games bringing all of the world’s countries together.  798 art district is a popular cultural attraction in Beijing. It is a symbol of old Beijing being converted into modern Beijing. This area attracts art buyers to look in the different galleries.


In 1949, Mao Zedong, a Chinese Communist leader, announced the creation of the People’s Republic of China. This announcement led to a civil war between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist Party. The Communists had strong support, superior military, and major stocks of weapons resulting in the Communists winning power. The Nationalists fled to Taiwan where the Republic of China continued.


Last year, a report claimed that air pollution caused around 3.2 million premature deaths world wide. Nearly 40% of those people’s premature death from air pollution occurred in China. It is the fourth-leading cause of death in China. Only 1% of the country’s 560 million city people breathe air considered safe by the European Union. Not only is it the air pollution, but also water pollution. Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Most of what China is currently doing to control the pollution is failing making observers wander if China will ever get pollution under control.




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3 thoughts on “The Chang Jiang River, Beijing, Civil War, and China’s Pollution

  1. Nice post! I really love these beautiful pictures! and thanks for writing a good post for my hometown!I saw the beautiful sides but bad sides as well. I think the harmful effects for plantation can be added in the first paragraph. and there are more arts and cultures in Beijing. 798 area is a little part. I hope to see more interesting cultural features about Beijing!!!!! Nice Job 🙂
    PS. Beijing Duck is soooooooooo YUMMY! ❤

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