The Port of Shanghai is the largest port in the world, having eclipsed the Port of Singapore in 2010, and today handles over 34 million TEU of containers at six massive container terminals located in the wide mouths of the Yangtze delta. Shanghai lies 24 kilometres up the Huangpu river from its confluence with the mighty Yangtze, and there are many bulk, general cargo and non container terminals handling coal, iron ore and other bulk cargoes on the banks of the Huangpu from Wusongkou at the confluence of the Huangpu and Yangtze to the city centre of Shanghai. The mighty Yangtze is the largest river in China and rises in Tibet and flows 3,464 miles to the mouths of the Yangtze. It waters densely populated and very intensively cultivated areas including in the upper reaches the Red Basin of Szechwan and in its central part a huge lowland of lakes and major industrial centres. The extensive muddy delta below Nanking, the former Nationalist capital of China, has been used with great effect to build, during the last twenty years, the largest container terminals in the world.
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