长江是亚洲最 长、世界上第三长的河流。长江流经多种不同的生态系统，是诸多濒危物种的栖息地，灌溉了中国五分之一的土地。长江流域(river basin)居住着中国三分之一的人口。长江在中国历史、文化和经济上起着很大的作用。长江三角洲(delta)产出多大20%的中国国民生产总值。几千年来，长江一直被用于供水、运输和工业生产。长江上还坐落着世界的水电站。
The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and thethird-longest in the world. It flows through a widearray of ecosystems and is habitat to severalendemic and endangered species. The YangtzeRiver drains one-fifth of the land area of the People’sRepublic of China (PRC). Its river basin is home toone-third of the country’s population. The Yangtzeplays a large role in the history, culture and economy of China. The Yangtze River Deltagenerates as much as 20% of the PRC’s GDP. For thousands of years, the river has been usedfor water, irrigation and industrial production. The largest hydro-electric power station in theworld is located in the River.