Rivers of Our Time

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For countries in Asia, the rivers have not only sustained the material survival of residents but provided spiritual foundations of the Asian countries.The rivers could be considered positive or negative forces so festivals and rituals are observed to appease the gods and spirits that dwell in them. Rivers in Asia are still important waterways. Explore the relationship between the river and people.

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The Red River, Vietnam
6. The Red River, Vietnam
 
The Red River is an important river that flows by North Vietnam. Foreigners may have heard of Vietnam famous water puppet performances which originated from the Red River Delta. They are historical records of the lifestyle of the Red River people in the past. In contrast, today, the Red River banks are characterized by the birds of modernity - The Cranes.
Mekong River, Thailand
5. Mekong River, Thailand
 
The Mekong River is deeply revered in Southeast Asia. Here the people are pious Buddhists and many folklores surround the Mekong. Spanning over 4300km, it runs from the Tibetan Plateau, through China's Yunnan province, down to North East Thailand. She provides passage for people crossing between borders, and yields generous amounts of fish to fishermen.
Lijiang River, China
4. Lijiang River, China
 
China's Li River, or Lijiang is one of the world's most mystical rivers and certainly amongst the most picturesque - a perennial source of inspiration for Chinese poets and painters alike. Karst Mountains rise up along its riverbanks, providing the landscape that attracts thousands of tourists annually. The ancient form of cormorant fishing is closely linked to the history of the river.
Bicol River, Phillipines
3. Bicol River, Phillipines
 
Bicol River, one of the most important rivers in the Philippines, flows throughout the entire Bicol region. It is a bastion of transportation, passing through the alluvial and coastal plains of the vast Bicol valley and flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean.The eighth largest water basin of the country, it is 94 kilometers long and 6 meters above sea level, making it a coastal flood plain.
Tonle Sap River, Cambodia
2. Tonle Sap River, Cambodia
 
Like the moon, the Tonle Sap River is in constant change. Where most of the world's rivers change its course, none is as dramatic as this waterway which flows in opposite directions at different times of the year. It floods and retreats the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap Lake.
Kaveri River, India
1. Kaveri River, India
 
The river Kaveri is among the most sacred rivers of India and revered as Dakshina Ganga or Ganges of the South. Rising from the hills at Talakaveri in Karnataka, it journeys down into Tamilnadu through a magnificent series of temple towns, famed for philosophy, art and music. The Kaveri river delta is a fertile and prosperous stretch of nearly 28000 square miles.
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For countries in Asia, the rivers have not only sustained the material survival of residents but provided spiritual foundations of the Asian countries.The rivers could be considered positive or negative forces so festivals and rituals are observed to appease the gods and spirits that dwell in them. Rivers in Asia are still important waterways. Explore the relationship between the river and people.