The Yellow River, Qin Jin Grand Canyon

  • Dates
    2021 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Documentary

The Yellow River, which flows through the bloodline of the Chinese people, carries a heavy significance. From 2021 to 2023, I traveled multiple times from Hancheng, Shaanxi to Tokto County, Inner Mongolia

The Yellow River, which flows through the bloodline of the Chinese people, carries a heavy significance. From 2021 to 2023, I traveled multiple times from Hancheng, Shaanxi to Tokto County, Inner Mongolia, along the banks of the Qinjin Grand Canyon of the Yellow River, exploring historical and cultural images of the Yellow River Basin, striving to tell the story of the Yellow River well.

The Yellow River is the mother river of the Chinese nation, the birthplace of Chinese civilization and agricultural culture, and has nurtured the glorious history and splendid culture of the Chinese nation. The Yellow River culture is the sustainable development and innovation of the Yellow River civilization in China, which has special significance for every Chinese person. The winding Yellow River has nurtured the Chinese people and created stunning scenery. The Yellow River, which has been flowing for 1.6 million years, originates from the Qinghai Tibet Plateau in China. After more than 5400 kilometers of rushing and roaring, it flows through 9 provinces and finally rushes into the Bohai Sea.

The longest continuous canyon on the main stream of the Yellow River, the Qin Jin Grand Canyon, is located at the junction of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and Shaanxi provinces. It is one of the ten most beautiful canyons in China and also the place where the Great Wall and the Yellow River converge. The true "Yellow" River was also formed in the Jin Shan Grand Canyon, where the vicissitudes of landforms and typical landscapes of the Loess Plateau in China are all gathered. It starts from the Ordos Plateau in the north and ends at Longmen in Hancheng and Yumen in Hejin in the south, with a total length of over 700 kilometers. There are a total of 27 counties and cities along the route. On the map of China, you can see the Yellow River flowing down here, with magnificent and spectacular scenery. The cliffs and cliffs along the coast, and the collision of water and stones, create the magical, beautiful and magnificent Yellow River Hundred Mile Gallery. The great poet of the Tang Dynasty, Li Bai, referred to it as "the Yellow River coming from the west to conquer Kunlun, roaring for thousands of miles and touching the Dragon Gate", precisely marking the final climax of the Jin Shaanxi Grand Canyon here.

I rely on emotions and narrative as my purpose. While showcasing the magnificent scenery and natural style of the Yellow River, more attention is paid to the interdependence between humans and rivers, the relationship between humans and the environment, observing the impact of soil erosion in the Yellow River Basin on urban changes and personal destiny, exploring the embodiment of the Yellow River civilization's value to the times, presenting the profound image of the historical and cultural significance of the Yellow River Basin to the present, and the current situation of being in a state of change and persistence in the process of the great era.

The Yellow River Protection Law of the People's Republic of China will be implemented from April 1, 2023. In order to strengthen the ecological environment protection of the Yellow River Basin, ensure the safety of the Yellow River, promote the conservation and intensive use of water resources, promote high-quality development, protect and inherit the Yellow River culture, achieve harmonious coexistence between humans and nature, and sustainable development of the Chinese nation, the Yellow River Protection Law is formulated. The formulation and implementation of this law provide strong guarantees for promoting ecological protection and high-quality development in the Yellow River Basin on the track of the rule of law.

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