The Upper Reaches of the Yangtze
The Upper Reaches: Here the agricultural civilization of China had its origin - a land that remains today one of peasants, water buffalo, green trees and farms, often stepped up the terraced slopes of blue mountains. Please Click Here to see works painted by our artists we assembled.

 


Ya-lung River
 
 
 
 
The Yangtze river's character changes sharply upon reaching the eastern limits of the highlands. There the river¡ªwhich in this stretch is called the Jing-sha¡ªdescends from a great altitude, winding its way south of the high Pa-yen-k'a-la Mountains and forming a narrow valley between one and two miles in depth. For a considerable distance the river flows through passes that are so steep that no room is left even for a narrow path. Villages, which are rarely found, are located high above the river. In this region the Yangtze runs close and parallel to both the Mekong and Salween rivers; all three rivers are within 15 to 30 miles of one another and continue to flow in mutual proximity for a distance of more than 250 miles.

Jing-sha River
The Yangtze turns east to pass through a winding valley with steep slopes. The river receives the waters of many tributaries, among which the Ya-lung River is the largest and contributes the most water. The Yangtze then widens to between 1,000 and 1,300 feet, reaching depths often exceeding 30 feet. In narrower gorges the water width decreases by almost half, but the depth increases sharply.

Mountains in Sichuan
Sichuan province, located in the upper Yangtze River valley in the southwestern part of the country. Second largest of China's provinces, it is bordered by the Tibetan Autonomous Region to the west, Qinghai province to the northwest, the provinces of Gansu and Shensi to the north, Hupei and Henan to the east, and Geizhou and Yunnan to the south. The provincial capital is Chengdu. Sichuan was the first area of China to be settled by the Chinese.

Terraced Fields
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For centuries travel into the Sichuan province has been extremely difficult; it is one of the most urgent problems facing Sichuan, where water transportation is vital. Sichuan, where also originates the Ba Su culture, people are used to fishing, hunting and farming which is described as the Han break relief. Many famous ancient and contemporary artists have created many excellent art works which is called Ba Su culture was nourished by the Yangtze river.


Autumn Harvest
Although Sichuan is usually classified as a rice region and leads all of China in the production of rice, corn (maize), and sweet potatoes, it is also a prominent producer of wheat, rapeseed, Gaoliang (sorghum), barley, soybeans, millet, and hemp and other fibre crops. Principal cash crops include sugarcane, cotton, tobacco, silk, hemp, and tea.
 
 
 
 
 

Fishing and Farming
(Han break relief)
From as early as the Zhou dynasty (1122¨C221 BC) up until the Sung and Southern Sung dynasties (ad 960¨C1279) and to now, there were so many scholars and artists had created many famous art works and poems. The famous Han break relief (Han Dynasty) was one of samples in the art works to show the culture of Ba Su culture.
 
 
 


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