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Aerial photo taken on Sept. 8, 2020 shows a view along the Yellow River that separates Fugu County (R) of northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Baode County of north China's Shanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

YAN'AN, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Yellow River is China's second-longest river.

The 5,464-km-long waterway feeds about 12 percent of China's population, irrigates about 15 percent of arable land, supports 14 percent of national GDP and supplies water to more than 60 cities.

Originating in Qinghai Province, the Yellow River, known as China's "Mother River" and the cradle of Chinese civilization, runs through nine provinces and autonomous regions including Shaanxi and Henan before emptying into the Bohai Sea in eastern China's Shandong Province.

The river got its name Huanghe in Chinese because of its yellow, muddy water, which appears as it runs through the Loess Plateau in northwest China.

As an "ecological corridor," the Yellow River, linking the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Loess Plateau and plains in northern China with severe water scarcity, plays an important role in improving the ecological environment, combating desertification and providing water supply with the help of water conservancy projects.

Tourists take photos of the Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River at a scenic spot in Yichuan County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 10, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Yanchuan County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 11, 2020 shows the view of the Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River in Yichuan County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 10, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Yanchuan County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Photo taken on Sept. 8, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Fugu County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 10, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Yanchuan County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Tourists visit a scenic area along the Yellow River in Qingjian County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

A tourist visits a scenic area along the Yellow River in Fugu County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 8, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Fugu County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Aerial photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows the view of the Yellow River in Hancheng, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)■

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