THE SOURCE OF THE YELLOW RIVER: AN OLYMPIC-SIZED EVENT (34°29'31.1"N 96°20'24.6"E)

The CERS expedition to the source of the Yellow River in 2008 followed founder Howman Wong’s contribution as an Olympic torch bearer for the 2008 games in Beijing. The expedition also documented other historical events no less momentous for China and world.

34°29'31.1" 96°20'24.6", 4878 meters above sea level, 12:15, 29 June 2008

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YELLOW RIVER - EXPEDITION TO THE SOURCE

 
 
  Qinghai, China, July 2008
The eighteen member CERS team reaches the spring of the Yellow River and marks its source.
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DISCOVERY: A NEW YELLOW RIVER SOURCE

Wong How Man
Xining, Qinghai - July 3, 2008

The famous 8th Century Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai and Wang Zhihuan both used their poems to praise the Yellow River. Li wrote, “The Yellow River water comes from the sky” or heaven, while Wang described it similarly, “Yellow River far and high among the white clouds.”

In my experience, though, the Yellow River came from right below my feet. I was standing above its source, at the ridge and watershed between the two great rivers of China, the Yellow and the Yangtze. It was not at all “yellow,” either, but pure and clear.

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