Dated to the first major change in course since the mythical days of Yu the Great, the flood tamer, the Yellow River has long been known as China's Sorrow. It has played many roles: bringer of fertile soil and irrigation waters in the north; flooder of homes and submerger of crops; military weapon and bane of all governments. It's not a year for hasty decisions such as suddenly changing course, but perhaps one to think over how a water tunnel is being dug under it near Zhengzhou for the South-North Water Transfer Project. There is the possibility of a little extra income from the Yangtse, Yalong and Dadu Rivers, or an elongated visit from the Dragon King for some extra rain in the north.
China's mother river