Longest Rivers in Asia
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Which is the longest river in Asia?

The Yangtze river or Chang Jiang (which also means "Long River" in Chinese) of China flows the furthest in Asia at 6,300km. It drains from an area 1/5 the size of China (1.8 million sq km ) and outflows to the East China Sea.

The Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider river system takes second spot with a length of 5,539 km, flowing from Mongolia to the Kara Sea in Siberia, Russia. Another great river of China, the Yellow River (Huang He) is the third longest at 5,464km. Originating in the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai province of Western China, it flows through nine provinces and empties into the Bohai Sea near the city of Dongying in the Shandong province.


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Rivers with the largest drainage basin. The river with the largest drainage basin in Asia is Ob–Irtysh with a basin area of 2,990,000 square kilometers.

Rivers with the highest average discharge. The river with the highest average discharge in Asia is Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron with a discharge rate of 30,166 m3/s.


Here are the longest rivers in Asia.

Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron.

Yangtze River

Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron is the 3rd longest river in the world at 6,418 kilometers (3,988 miles).

Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron is a river that is 6,418 kilometers (or 3,988 miles) long and drains from a 1,800,000 km2 drainage basin in China.

Its average discharge rate is 30,166 m3/3 and the river flows out into East China Sea.

 

 Compare Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron with Northern Dvina–Sukhona from Asia.

 Compare Yangtze–Jinsha–Tongtian–Ulan Moron with Narmada from Asia.


Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider.

Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider

Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider is the 2nd longest river in Asia at 5,539 kilometers (3,442 miles).

Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider is a river that is 5,539 kilometers (or 3,442 miles) long and drains from a 2,580,000 km2 drainage basin in Russia (97% of river) and Mongolia (2.9%).

The average volume of water flow is 18,050 m3/3 and the river flows out into Kara Sea.

 

 Compare Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider with Kapuas from Asia.

 Compare Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider with Upper Ob–Katun from Asia.


Yellow River (Huang He).

Yellow River (Huang He)

Yellow River (Huang He) is the 3rd longest river in Asia at 5,464 kilometers (3,395 miles).

Yellow River (Huang He) is a 5,464-km long (3,395 miles) river that drains from a 745,000-km2 wide basin in China.

The average volume of water flow is 2,571 m3/3 and the river flows out into Bohai Sea.

 

 Compare Yellow River (Huang He) with Northern Dvina–Sukhona from Asia.

 Compare Yellow River (Huang He) with Kapuas from Asia.


Ob–Irtysh.

Ob–Irtysh

Ob–Irtysh is the largest river by drainage area in Asia at 2,990,000 km2.

Ob–Irtysh is a river that stretches 5,410 kilometers (or 3,362 miles) in length, draining from a 2,990,000 km2 basin in Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia.

Ob–Irtysh discharges at 12,475 m3/3 and flows out into Gulf of Ob.

 

 Compare Ob–Irtysh with Yellow River (Huang He) from Asia.

 Compare Ob–Irtysh with Vychegda from Asia.


Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang).

Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang)

Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) is the 3rd longest river in Russia at 4,444 kilometers (2,761 miles).

Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) is a river that stretches 4,444 kilometers (or 2,761 miles) in length, draining from a 1,855,000 km2 basin in Russia, China and Mongolia.

Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) discharges at 11,400 m3/3 and flows out into Sea of Okhotsk.

 

 Compare Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) with Chenab from Asia.

 Compare Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) with Yamuna from Asia.


Lena.

Lena River

Lena is the 3rd largest river by drainage area in Asia at 2,490,000 km2.

Lena is a river that is 4,400 kilometers (or 2,734 miles) long and drains from a 2,490,000 km2 drainage basin in Russia.

Lena discharges at 15,500 m3/3 and flows out into Laptev Sea.

 

 Compare Lena with Liao from Asia.

 Compare Lena with Amur–Argun–Kherlen (Heilong Jiang) from Asia.


Mekong (Lancang Jiang).

Mekong (Lancang Jiang)

Mekong (Lancang Jiang) is the 2nd largest river by average discharge rate in China at 16,000 m3/s.

Draining from an area as wide as 810,000 km2 in China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, Mekong (Lancang Jiang) has a length of 4,350 kilometers (2,703 miles).

Its average discharge rate is 16,000 m3/3 and the river flows out into South China Sea.

 

 Compare Mekong (Lancang Jiang) with Huai River from Asia.

 Compare Mekong (Lancang Jiang) with Upper Ob–Katun from Asia.


More on the longest and largest river systems in the world:

World: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

By Country: Australia  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Russia  |  UK  |  USA

Europe: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Asia: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Africa: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Oceania: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

North America: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

South America: Longest  |  Largest by Discharge Volume  |  Largest by Drainage Area

Outflows: Amazon River  |  Atlantic Ocean  |  Black Sea  |  Mississippi River  |  Pacific Ocean


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