East & Southeast Asia :: China
(also see separate Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan entries)
Caption
The Brahmaputra River carves a narrow west-east valley between the Tibetan Plateau to the north and the Himalaya Mountains to the south, as it rushes eastward for more than 1,500 km (940 mi) in southwestern China. This 15-km (9-mi) stretch is situated about 35 km (22 mi) south of the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa where the river flow becomes intricately braided as it works and reworks its way through extensive deposits of erosional material. Click on photo for higher resolution. Image courtesy of NASA.
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