First Descents of the Yangtze River in China

If a segment of a river that has been run is not listed, it does not mean it has not been run - it only means we have not received information on a first descent. If you have information about a first descent that is not listed or if there are errors in the info shown, contact Pete Winn at

Yangtze Overview

1985, Yangtze Headwaters in Qinghai, Yao Maoshu (solo)

1986, Yangtze in Qinghai, Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Sichuan team) and numerous individuals (Luoyang team)

1987, Yangtze below Great Bend, SOBEK

1996, Middle Shuiluo, Earth River Expeditions

2005, Lower Shuiluo, Travis Winn and others

2010, Upper Shuiluo, Russian rafting team

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