The Lower Reaches of the Yangtze
The Lower Reaches:The blue mountains and humid climate of the lower Yangtze have always been the center of agricultural production in China. This is a region of pastoral beauty, with great fields of grain punctuated by lakes, rivers, and temples. Nourished by the bountiful river, here Chinese culture reached its fullest expression. Please Click Here to see works painted by our artists we assembled.

 


Painting on silk
 
 
 
The lower part of the Yangtze basin is centered on the extensive lowland plains of east-central China. The region experiences a temperate climate with warm springs, hot summers, cool autumns, and relatively cold winters for the latitude. As the Yangtze exits from the last gorge, near Yi Chang, it enters a complex system of lakes, marshes, and multiple river channels developed on the plains of Hunan and Hubei provinces. The lakes are of national economic significance, mainly as fisheries. The surrounding area, agricultural and studded with lakes, is China's most important rice-producing region.

Boyang Lake
In the ancient, the surrounding area was one of the original center of Yangtze civilization. It`s character of art is full of illusion and mystery with southern style which contrast to the northern culture. The ancient painting in silk recorded whole story of the world, the heaven and the hell on earth which was the first romantic painting in Chinese history in twenty thousands years ago.

Yueyang Lou
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the center of the lakes region is the large metropolis of Wuhan. Situated on the Yangtze near the mouth of the Han River, it was formed in 1950 by the merger of the cities of Han-yang and Hankou on the left bank and Wu-chang on the right bank and has become one of China's most important metallurgical-industry centres and river ports. Farther east the Yangtze flows into a narrowing, picturesque valley and then passes onto the plain of Jiangsu province, which contains Lake P'o-yang, China's largest freshwater lake. The lake, with an average area of about 1,380 square miles, receives the Kan River tributary and, in turn, is linked to the Yangtze by a wide tributary. The river then turns to the northeast, passes through a widening valley, and flows out onto the southern North China Plain. The width of the river increases at this point to between 3,000 and 6,000 feet, and the depth in places approaches 100 feet. In this region there are a number of large cities, including Anqing, Wuhu, and Nanjing. The Grand Canal (Da Yn-he), which, with a length of nearly 1,100 miles, is one of the longest canals in the world, crosses the Yangtze in the vicinity of the city of Chen-chiang.

Wuhan
 
 
 
This beautiful scenes has been painted by many Chinese old masters in the ancient time. The famous work is Qing Min Shang He Tu(Picture in the Clear and Bright) which is a Chinese festive in Spring, painted by artist, Zhang zheduan(AD1098-AD1278).




The region of rivers and lakes
 
Chen Yifei, an artist who resided in USA for years. His many art works described the region of pastoral beauty, with great fields of grain punctuated by lakes, rivers, and temples.
 
 
 
 
 

Masters`s Pictures
The lower part of the Yangtze river was the origin of capitalism in China. Form the 12 century, there concentrated cities, densely populated and market was brisk. It formed booming market which was threaded together by the Yangtze river.
 
 

Huangpu River in Shanghai
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shang-hai city, a municipality, east-central China. It is one of the world's largest seaports and a major industrial and commercial centre of China. The city is located on the coast of the East China Sea between the mouth of the Yangtze River. The municipality covers a total area of 2,383 square miles (6,185 square kilometres), which includes the city itself, surrounding suburbs, and an agricultural hinterland; it is also China's most populous urban area.

Shanghai was the first Chinese port to be opened to Western trade, and it long dominated the nation's commerce. Since in 1949, however, it has become an industrial giant whose products supply China's growing domestic demands. The city has also undergone extensive physical changes with the establishment of industrial suburbs and housing complexes, the improvement of public works, and the provision of parks and other recreational facilities. Shanghai has attempted to eradicate the economic and psychological legacies of its exploited past through physical and social transformation to support its major role in the modernization of China.


Suzhou River in 40`
in Shanghai
The Yangtze basin contains a significant portion of China's population, but distribution is uneven. The highland area of the river's upper reaches is among the most sparsely settled regions in China, while the Yangtze delta has the country's highest population density. Outside the delta the greatest concentrations of people are in the plains that adjoin the banks of the river and its tributaries in the middle and lower basins, especially in the vicinity of the cities of Chengdu and Chingqing, Wuhan, and Nanjing. These cities are among the largest in China, and Shanghai is the country's most populous.
 
 


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