Yalong River

The Yalong River (Chinese雅砻江, p Yǎlóngjiāng, w Ya-lung Chiang, IPA [jàlʊ̌ŋ tɕjàŋ]) or Nyag Chu (Tibetanཉག་ཆུ་, z Nyag Qu) is an 822-mile (1,323 km) long river in Sichuan province in southwestern China. It is a tributary of the Yangtze River. Its source is on the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau in southeast Qinghai, and its confluence with the Yangtze is in Panzhihua in southwestern Sichuan. Along its route, the Yalong travels between the Shaluli Mountains to the west and the Daxue Mountains to the east. In Liangshan Prefecture, the river wraps 150 km (93 mi) around the Jinping Mountains creating the Jinping Bend. Here, water from the Yalong River has been diverted under the mountains as part of the Jinping-II Dam hydroelectric project.

Yalong River
The Yalong River at Ganzi
Map of the Yalong River drainage basin
Physical characteristics
SourceBayan Har Mountains
 • coordinates34°12′27″N 97°36′24″E / 34.20750°N 97.60667°E / 34.20750; 97.60667
 • elevation4,920 m (16,140 ft)
MouthYangtze River
 • location
Panzhihua, Sichuan
 • coordinates
26°36′20″N 101°48′5″E / 26.60556°N 101.80139°E / 26.60556; 101.80139
 • elevation
985 m (3,232 ft)
Length1,323 km (822 mi)
Basin features
 • leftAnning
 • rightMuli


The Yalong is being heavily developed, primarily for hydroelectric power. A total of 23 dams are completed, under construction or planned for the river. Those dams are listed below from downstream to upstream.[1][2]


  1. ^ Dong, Luan. "INTERACTIVE: Mapping China's "Dam Rush"". Wilson Center. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The Last Report on China's Rivers". China's Rivers Report. March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.


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Coordinates: 26°36′20″N 101°48′04″E / 26.6056°N 101.801°E / 26.6056; 101.801