Tongtian River – One of the 5 Big Rivers in China

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The Tongtian River flows through the province of Qinghai located in the southern part of China. This river is situated in the Yangtze River Basin as well as drainage basin of Chang Jiang River. It has three important headwaters, mainly Muluwusu, Akedamu and Chumaer rivers. These headwaters do join together in order to form the River Tongtian that does flow in the south eastern side to Zhimenda close to the frontier portion between provinces of Sichuna and Qinghai in China. Here, it turns to be known as River Jinsha or Jinsha Jiang. It is the most significant as well as the westernmost tributary of Chang Jiang also known as River Yangtze. The River Tongtian is one among the 5 big rivers which flow from the headwaters located on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.



Planning for biggest Hydro Electrical project

The river has a length of eight hundred and thirteen kilometers. It drains an area of nearly one hundred and thirty eight thousand square kilometers. Many pilgrims from different parts of the world visit this pace as it is known as very mythical and sacred. It is popular across the globe because of the "Gyiana Mani stones” and Sutra Bridge. The River Tongtian is a spot that is planned by government of China to have a large development, basically for the purpose of production of the hydro electric power. As per the present reports in March 2014, it is declared that ten dams will be planned for River Tongtian. These dams are from downstream to upstream in the given order.

Various projects

In the downstream, the first one is Sewu Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of 176.8 megawatts. The second one is Xirong Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of 160.5 megawatts. The third one is Cefang Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of one hundred and fifty eight megawatts. The fourth one is Genzhe Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of six hundred and twelve megawatts. The fifth one is Leyi Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of 112.8 megawatts. The sixth one is Ddequkou Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of 276.5 megawatts. The seventh dam is Rouqin Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of two hundred megawatts. The eight dam is Lumari Dam which is planned for a project to produce a hydro electric power of seventy two megawatts. In the upstream, the dams are Yage Dam that is estimated to produce 63.6 megawatts of hydroelectric power and Marigei Dam, a project to produce 10.4 megawatt hydro electric power.


Buddha mantras on the surface of river

Over icy river surface, one can find the Buddhist mantras too. It is seen in the Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Qinghai Province. The local Tibetan inhabitants had written the 6 Syllable Prayer using sands on icy river surface that is known as Sutra Bridge. They did this as a prayer to God for a very prosperous year. Initially, they wrote on frozen river and later spread sands for filling letters. In the spring season, as ice melts, sands will fall to river bottom and retain shape of characters.


Travel Tips

Flight services are available to Qinghai from almost all nations. From there, a taxi or bus can be a good choice to reach this destination. 

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  1. China is most famous for me and i think in the tourist its also popular many places in china like river i am at the tour of US columbus ohio to new york city and in this season i have also plan for the China...

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