Golden Sand River

The Golden Sand River, situated on the upper reaches of Yangtze River in the northern Yunnan Province, runs between the Salween and Mekong Rivers. The Golden Sand River forms the western border of Sichuan for some 250 miles (400km) and then flows into Yunnan province. After a large, 200 mile (320 km) long loop to the north of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, the The Golden Sand River swings northeast, forming the Sichuan-Yunnan provincial boundary until it joins the Min River at Yibin in Sichuan to form the Yangtze.
Between the rivers, are mountain peaks, which range from 3,300 meters to 5,600 meters, making it one of the world's deepest gorges. According to legend, the Golden Sand River wanted to marry the eastern sea but was forbidden by the jealous brothers Haba and Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. One night, Haba, who was on duty to block her passage, fell asleep, whereupon then Golden Sand River slipped past. When Jade Dragon found out, he cut off Haba's head, leaving his peak shorter and flatter.

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