Yalong River

For the river in Tibet, see Yarlung Zangbo River.
Yalong River
Country China
 - right Muli
Source Bayan Har Mountains
Mouth Yangtze River
 - location Panzhihua, Sichuan
Length 1,323 km (822 mi)
Map of the Yalong River drainage basin

The Yalong River (Chinese: 雅砻江, p Yǎlóngjiāng, w Ya-lung Chiang) or Nyag Chu (Tibetan: ཉག་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.


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.


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

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